'If you really want to hear about why and where I was born, and all that Holden Caulfield kind of crap, you're going to have to put this down right now. Ever since I was fourteen, my family has been in a witness protection programme, so what I tell you might not be the truth.'
This is Etta Tichborne, environmental investigator, and she wants the truth. She wants to know the truth about the drowning of her ex-lover. She wants to know the truth about global warming scientist James McLeod, who changes his political colours like a drying scab. And although she's a card-carrying hedonist, she wants to know what lies behind the riddling 'Pink Lotus' website and its link with the Noble Eightfold Path of the Buddha.
Journeying from England to Kenya to Rhode Island, Etta encounters both helpful and distracting companions. Troy Bittenbender, drum and bass musician, lover of salami and fast boats. Fran Amoreira, aspiring alcoholic with a .38 in a Jimmy Choo shoebox. Rat, blissed-out Buddhist who leaves Etta to drown. Jillie, mother of two foul-mouthed, otherwise model kids. Of all of them, only James McLeod understands Etta and her obsession with the sea.
But how can you fall for the person you've been hired to investigate?
(your hook stops here)
This is a gritty, sea-scented adventure. It is for anyone who knows work-life confusions and looks for truth in the funny side of life.
The science of 'XXXX' is based on fact.
This is a mess.