Author: RK Salters
Binding: Kindle Edition
Format: Kindle eBook
Number Of Pages: 168
Publisher: Troubador Publishing
Release Date: 26-11-2017
Details: WINNER of fiction category, 2018 International Rubery Book Award
"The Britisher lay on his belly, arms cradling his head. He was wearing dirty shorts and there were beads of caked mud in the hairs of his calves. A washed-out black tee shirt had slid up his torso and bunched around his shoulders, baring the base of his powerful spine..."
Tristan Griffin is a household name and the author of a universally popular detective series. For the past few years he has lived in self-exile in a remote jungle lodge nestled in the Mayan hills of Southern Belize, with his partner Hedda. Butterfly Ranch begins as he attempts suicide and Hedda disappears. Altamont Stanbury, an old Kriol police constable posted to the local backwater of San Antonio, rushes to the scene with his daughter Philomena, the village nurse. Philomena saves Tristan but he remains unconscious. Altamont, a bumbler and long-time reader of crime novels, launches a half-hearted search for Hedda by radio but decides to remain at the lodge. In truth his reverence for Tristan the writer consumes all else, and he becomes obsessed with the Griffin books he finds at the lodge.
When Tristan comes to, he is distraught and at times delirious, haunted by flashbacks of his uncompromising, cursed love for Hedda and the dark secret behind her disappearance. His anger and increasingly erratic behaviour only find respite in the presence of Altamont's innocent daughter. But he feels nothing but spite for Altamont himself, and the relationship between the two threatens to have fatal consequences for one or both.