This book is billed as “an erotic novel”, but it is really a murder mystery, with erotic interludes, set in a British military garrison overseas. We learn in due course who really did the murder; in rather slower time why they did it; and what they had to do next. The climax is a tense courtroom drama. There are a number of subsidiary murders, including that of a PIRA hitman (dissected alive) and -my favourite - of a slimy solicitor, who is fed to crocodiles. The book is an enjoyable feast of political incorrectness.
1975: Belize, Central America, is threatened by the expansionist ambitions of Guatemala, so it is home to a garrison of British troops. The climate is hot and sticky; tempers get frayed and passions are easily aroused. James Graveney, a young Major in a respectable Fusilier regiment, is outwardly conventional. James is well educated, good-looking and sporty. He enjoys rugby, squash, and most other sports. Equally, he enjoys sex: as much as possible. James cheerfully sleeps around but does not ‘do love’. James is also bisexual, with a strong urge for his own sex. Gay sex, however, is illegal in the Army, so he has to be reasonably discreet about this. Apart from that, anything goes.
James’ world is turned upside-down when 4 Company of the Fifth Battalion of the Parachute Regiment arrives in Belize for jungle training. The Advance Liaison Officer, Lieutenant Richard Finch, is dark, highly intelligent and charismatic: not your typical Rupert. He doesn’t mess around. He gets what he wants, and is as ruthless as he is unscrupulous about how he gets it. Now he wants a full, passionate and committed relationship with James: damn what anyone else thinks, and damn the consequences.
“Stand and Deliver!” Richard will stop at nothing to achieve this, including Machiavellian deception and a cunning and brutal murder. James starts responding to Richard; cautiously at first, then gets swept along on the great love affair of his life. The Indigo Bird
is a rollercoaster of surprises set against backdrops varying from the jungles of Belize to London
, the English countryside, and Ireland, and the scene is set for more shocks and adventures. At just under 80,000 words, the novel is a manageable size; a little longer than The Great Gatsby
. Th author, Max Markham, is a new author. He writes well and I hope that we shall see more novels by him in future. More information can be found at at English Writer Max Markham | FrogenYozurt.Com - Online Literature Magazine