Some things are best left unopened: particularly when they contain
dark secrets. David Paget should have thought of that when he
agreed to collect a suitcase from Hong Kong and take it to Australia.
The contents appear too old to be threatening but appearances can
be deceptive. Like a genie from a bottle the past rushes in. Events
develop with alarming speed and David is propelled on a mad flight
through the vastness of Australia, pursued by hired killers. His friends
mount a rescue operation. To succeed, they must delve into the past
and uncover the reason for David's plight.
What the Critics Say
Mike Dixon offers a taste of Australian history, geography, political
intrigue, assassins and blackmail. With non-stop action, he mixes
historical fact with fiction. His carefully-crafted plot keeps the reader
guessing until the final pages. Five stars out of five. (Pat McGrath
Avery, ForeWord Clarion Review, USA).
A multi-layered story, masterfully written with historical fact and
imagination. A tale of political power, seduction, blackmail and family
liaisons. Throw in secret service agents, hitmen and a treasure map
and it takes wings. Mike Dixon has created a great novel with all the
elements of a best seller. (Wendy O'Hanlon, Acres Australia).
18 August 1942: Colonel James Samuelson stretched himself out on the soft
quilts. He needed to unwind and this was the place to do it. A soft bed and
two exquisite young ladies who were attending to his physical needs. It was
his first visit to such an establishment. At home in South Carolina a foray into
a world of sexual license would be unthinkable. But this was not South
Carolina. This was the South Pacific and there was a war going on. Two
days earlier he'd been under fire. The Japs had attacked his unit and he'd
lost nine men. Now, back in Australia, he had a right to a bit of self -
The younger of the two girls clearly appreciated his robust masculine
presence. She held it lovingly and turned his head towards the window as if
exhibiting a work of art. A plane flew overhead. Colonel Samuelson
recognized it as a military transport but failed to notice the camera pointing at
him through a chink in the curtains.