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.
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 16th December 2003
Publisher: Wakefield Press Pty, Limited
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1