Keeley Hunter, a legitimate safe cracker based in Germany, is struggling with chronic poor health, and a few months after the death of his partner and lover, Kristian, he travels home to New Zealand for a rest. While there he faces tragedy but also finds love again. On his return to Europe he encounters further danger that threatens his work and his life. More
Keeley Hunter grew up as a farm boy in rural New Zealand. He left the farm for boarding school and never really looked back. After graduating he went overseas, restless in his quest for a contented life. This is hampered by chronic illness, something he's dealt with all of his life. This is impacting on his work as a security engineer for banks and other institutions all over Europe. He is further affected by the sudden death of his partner and lover, Kristian, in an explosion that also injured Keeley. Failure to grieve and poor health have caused him to spiral downwards. Back in New Zealand he stays with old friends from school and plans a reluctant visit to the farm where he grew up. He encounters tragedy there as well. Meanwhile his business in Europe is also struggling with a persistent hacker who is disrupting some of their work and he must return to Germany to sort out this problem.
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on March 31, 2011 :
This is a lovely book. The central focus is friendship, and the way Keeley's friends care for him in his illness and in danger. It is refreshing that the fact that he is gay, whilst pertinent to the story, is never an issue for any of the friends or family who love him. The twists and turns of his health and the problems dogging his company are intriguing; underlying the solutions to both is the author's acute observation of psychology - the psychology of villains as well as heroes and friends. The New Zealand countryside and the German towns are beautifully described and form a fascinating background to the action. The meaning of the title is multi-layered and gradually becomes clear. A great first novel and I hope to read more by this author.