The Recent 86 Tram Disaster as Outlined in a Series of Ten Character Studies

      Patrick O'Duffy
The Recent 86 Tram Disaster as Outlined in a Series of Ten Character Studies

What caused the recent explosion on the 86 tram?Who were the people who witnessed the event?And how does the omniscient viewpoint of a narrator affect the lives of those characters it describes?A short story about intersecting lives and the expectations of narrative.After negotiating a defence and trade treaty, the Australian and Japanese Prime Ministers launch the opening of a controversial new mine to supply Japan with uranium. The mine is subject to widespread protest as it is located on aboriginal land in Australia's world heritage listed Kakadu National Park. In an assault that shocks the world, a terrorist group blows up the mine causing chaos and killing the Australian Prime Minister. The main target of the terrorists, the Japanese Prime Minister, is injured but is rescued by an Australian trade official, Jake Stafford. They escape into the national park with the terrorists in hot pursuit.A few days later, an aboriginal activist and friend of Jake's father, is arrested as a suspect in the attack, but on his release from prison is killed by a hit-run driver. Jake gets involved at his father's request and discovers evidence of a conspiracy involving the development of the mine. Jake realises that the information has explosive implications and fears for his own life. With the help of a beautiful Japanese woman and a journalist friend he sets about exposing corruption and espionage at the highest level of governments in Australia, Japan and China. This international thriller set in the Australian outback is full of political intrigue and suspense and occurs at a time when tensions between Japan and China are at a flash point. Jake's quest to find the truth not only endangers himself but also those close to him and brings about a chain of events that will change his life forever.

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    Watching the Fireworks

      Patrick O'Duffy
Watching the Fireworks

A mirror breaks, a marriage explodes, and all the fine things they once collected and showed off now serve to demonstrate just what went wrong.A short story about material possessions and marital infidelity, with a brief appearance by a cat.CRACK3D PICTURE is a schizophrenic tale about Tony and Henry. Part one deals with Tony, a drug addicted, disillusioned college student struggling with delusional visions of responsibility, freedom and excess, who spirals out of control down a path which leads him towards losing touch with himself and reality. Part two concerns Henry, a lonely man quietly suffering from the death of his mother, is unwillingly dragged into grotesque and nightmarish scenarios by a mysterious woman with a macabre hobby on a downward spiral, only to unknowingly become the target of corrupt and overeager city officials for a heinous crime he did not commit.

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    Inbox Zero

      Patrick O'Duffy
Inbox Zero

Social media undertaker Kendall Barber has discovered something about his new subject - an email set up to be sent after his death. What is in the email - and why is his client, the dead man's brother, so eager to find out?This short story is a mini-sequel to the crime novella 'The Obituarist', but it can also be read as a stand-alone story.Social media undertaker Kendall Barber has discovered something about his new subject - an email set up to be sent after his death. What is in the email - and why is his client, the dead man's brother, so eager to find out?This short story is a mini-sequel to the crime novella 'The Obituarist', but it can also be read as a stand-alone story.

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    Pension Day

      Patrick O'Duffy
Pension Day

Dunny thought that he was onto a good thing when he stole that cab and used it to rob old-age pensioners.But today he may have picked up the wrong passenger...A short crime story about payback and bad decisions.As a fealinn, Eilwen has a natural affinty to nature, but when one of the tempermental eagles of Gaspar leads her to a hole the eagle's True-bonded Eaglekin has fallen into, Eilwen puts old animosity aside to try and save him.

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