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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Romance / General
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Ben Dixon Series
  • Series Number:2
  • Pages:153
  • eBook ISBN:9781483516875

The Wreck Lagoon

An Australian Drama

by R.L. Humphries

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Overview
Ben and Milly Dixon are being stalked by Kate Brown in their small town of Monaldo in south-east Queensland, Australia. Kate had been a girlfriend of Ben's from childhood and expected marriage, but Ben opting for life as a journalist in Brisbane, met and married Milly, a fellow reporter. They and their three children moved to Monaldo to take over Ben's family cattle property. Kate moves there to, following them. She's an aggressive lesbian who fancies Milly and wants revenge on Ben for his perceived betrayal. She stalks them unrelentingly, even trying to kill their son in what was deemed a road accident. Kate is now insane. The Dixons receive respite when Milly's industrialist father dies and the family moves to a big mansion in Melbourne to sort out Milly's large inheritance. Milly is quickly celebrated for her beauty and wealth in Melbourne society and rapidly moves away from Ben, leaving him to the work on the inheritance. She becomes so carried away by the attention that she treats Ben as a servant and he soon rebels, leaving her and threatening divorce. Milly, suddenly aware, chases him to the airport and physically prevents him from boarding his plane, apologizing and surrendering total control to him. Ben takes tough measures to bring her back to earth and they separate again but Milly eventually seeks reconciliation, works on the estate and they are able to return home to Monaldo, where Kate awaits. Shortly after their return their youngest child Mim,6, is missing from her bed and there are bloodstains. The police mount a search and investigate but give up quickly, believing Mim is dead Ben is sure Kate has Mim at a place called the Wreck Lagoon, a beauty spot in the mountains on the edge of their property. He takes his horse, a rifle and an old pistol determined to recover his little girl.....
Description
Ben and Milly Dixon are being stalked by Kate Brown in their small town of Monaldo in south-east Queensland, Australia. Kate had been a girlfriend of Ben's, growing up with him in Monaldo and expecting marriage. But Ben opts for life as a reporter in Brisbane and meets and marries Milly, a fellow reporter. Eventually they and their three children move to Monaldo, where Ben takes over the family cattle property. Kate follows them. She is now so obsessed as to be mentally ill and is a lesbian, enamoured of Milly and seeking revenge on Ben for his betrayal. She is unrelenting, stalking them even on vacation and trying to kill their eldest son in what was deemed a road accident. The family gains some respite when called to Melbourne after the death of Milly's wealthy father. They have to sort out Milly's big inheritance but Milly is quickly celebrated in Melbourne for her beauty and wealth. She revels in the attention and drifts away from Ben, leaving the work on the inheritance totally to him and eventually treating him as a servant or employee. Ben rebels and leaves for home, threatening divorce. Milly, suddenly aware what she's done, chases him to the airport and physically stops him from boarding his plane, surrendering all control to him. Ben introduces tough measures to bring Milly back to earth and once again they're estranged but Ben persists and they soon are reconciled. They can now return home, but Kate awaits, out of sight but threatening. Soon after their return their daughter Mim 6 is missing from her bed and there is blood. The police mount a search but quickly give up, believing Mim is dead and will be impossible to find in the vast area. Ben and Milly know that Kate has Mim at the Wreck Lagoon, a beauty spot in the mountains on the edge of their property. Kate is a vet and has killed their watchdogs with strychnine darts, a weapon Ben greatly fears. He sets off on his horse with a rifle and an old pistol. He knows that Kate is waiting to kill him but is sure he can outwit her with his knowledge of the country and his bushman's skills...
About the author
R.L.Humphries lives in Queensland, Australia near the Coral Sea, not far from where he was born and underwent training as a daily newspaper reporter. On completion of his training he spent five years in rural Queensland, working at various jobs and then rejoined the news game as a reporter on the Brisbane Courier-Mail, Queensland's biggest morning daily. After some years he joined Radio Australia as a reporter in Papua/New Guinea, covering among other stories, the search for Michael Rockefeller, son of then Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York State and later Vice-President of the U.S.A .His work there earned him a worldwide by-line as Radio Australia sold his copy to United Press International. He also covered the so-called invasion of Dutch West Papua by Indonesia and the handing over of that country to Indonesia by the United Nations. He was on the way to work for Radio Australia in Singapore but resigned and joined the Queensland Government as a press office, eventually transferring to administration. he ended his career as head of administration in the biggest government department. He spend his retirement by the seas, writing.
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