Bolas Buys

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Category: Satirical Fiction

Published: April 5, 2019

362 pages

Language: Australian English

ISBN: 9780463507162

Tags: business crime, ghost fiction

The work of fiction

A stuffed toy losing its stuffing
Knock the stuffing out of you

Martin is a rich and ruthless Perth entrepreneur, who dies while celebrating with his admiring friends after making a load of money from a takeover bid. His opinions are so self-absorbed, only avid supporters of George Pell, Donald Trump, and bolas spiders are likely to agree with him.

He has a heart attack. Despite his prominence in life, Death dismisses him, he becomes caught between the living world. He can only exist in people’s thoughts of him and the void, which he describes as vast, empty and populated with apparitions and reject ghosts. This forces him to face a different view of the world.

He’s shocked to find that thoughts of him are rare amongst the admiring friends. He ends up in the thoughts of people who didn’t praise him much when he was alive.

In his will, he gave a brewery to his girlfriend, Cleo. This brewery is where he had hidden the paper trails that documented his shady deals, which he calls Bolas Buys.

Boudicca in her chariot
Boudicca sets off to defeat the Romans

As artful as an orb-weaving spider, Cleo puts the people at the Brewery in their place, which, as Sir Martin planned, is effective in keeping the sharks that are circling his family’s wealth at bay.

Despite this success, his daughter, Bodie joins with people in the Brewery to try to undermine Cleo and her Machiavellian ways.

To stop their misplaced idealism putting his fortune at risk, Sir Martin dangles his opinions into people’s consciousness, as if he is a bolas spider.

In the end, his affection for Boadie and his determination to look after her, shows he is not as ruthless as he makes out … But close.

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