Adam Malarz is hiding in New York, in fear for his life. Only a few days earlier he was a respectable Finance Adviser to wealthy clients, including the Mayor. Now the Mayor of New York is his enemy and he cannot escape a psychotic rat-trap salesman and a nightclub escapologist. He must face truths about what he has been part of in Poland and Africa... even if he cannot remember leaving the States. More
Blush begins in New York in the late 1990s, although the story within started earlier and halfway across the world. Our narrator is Adam Malarz, up to now a respectable Finance Adviser to wealthy and important clients, including the Mayor, some of whom are now his enemies. Adam is now in hiding, in fear for his life. He tells the story of a psychotic trap salesman who kidnaps a nightclub cabaret performer, not to hurt him (or even to rob him) but in order to make him learn facts about his own life and past that he disputes. Adam has paid the salesman to conduct this job, correctly believing that the performer would not accept the truth if he was simply told. He has to learn it for himself – also learn the fact that he and his wife have long since been in the grip of a false hallucination.
The truth is further buried by the fact that Adam, too, has long since been hypnotised to accept that his own past is more innocent than is really the case. Adam has no idea that he was involved (indirectly) in the murder of a Polish tourist; but a German man named Herbie, a collector of bizarre true-life murder stories, has decided to investigate the Polish woman’s murder and has made the link to Adam, and so visits New York.
Nobody in this novel is exactly who he or she thinks she is; the lies have been conditioned into everyone, at the bequest of a Mayor who has faked his own death for a chance to seize and control a much higher form of power. Everyone is afraid, but there are serious attempts to uncover the truth – attempts that are life-threatening – and the paths to the secrets involve people’s pasts in Poland, Africa… and a version of New York that never was. The characters must fight together – and against one another – to find out what really happened to two of them in Africa. Why was the Polish woman murdered? Why is the trap salesman addicted to selling parts of his own body? What really fell into a lake near a copper mining plantation in non-suburban Africa? A cure for all diseases, or a curse?
Blush is a fantasy thriller with supernatural overtones. It hopes to ask the questions: How much do you really know about the place where you live? How much do you know about yourself? And: How can you be certain?