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Smokescreens and Searchlights
Author: Bill Guy

ISBN: 9781862546325
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 16 December 2003
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0 x 2.000
The title of Bill Guy's first novel is a double metaphor; smokescreens for the attempts to cover up, and searchlights for the efforts to expose.

A mining company exploiting a gold deposit in Central Australia cuts corners on its environmental protection procedures, and, as a result, a poisonous seepage contaminates a nearby water hole. Two boys are poisoned by swimming in the water hole, and one of them dies. A young newspaper editor fastens on the incident and sets out to expose the corporate-political corruption and the cover-up. The newspaper and the Outback become virtual characters in the drama, one reaching out from its metropolitan base to uncover corporate bastardry in the remote interior.

Bill Guy has spent a working lifetime in journalism, and was for many years foreign editor of the Adelaide Advertiser. His biography of Clyde Cameron, A Life on the Left was published in 1999 and was shortlisted for the Festival Awards for Literature in 2000.

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