"My tale begins in Sydney town, that queasy little den of commerce balancing in dramatic arabesque on our eastern seaboard. I tell the story of Jane Hardacre. Me. A piece of unpleasantness stuck to the corporate boot."

Jane Hardacre, saga writer, wants to write a great novel. Her publisher Delphine, doyenne of daiquiris and late afternoon crayfish lunches, has other ideas.
– Have Jane and her ambitions gone too far?
– Has Delphine, violator of ‘the word’, mixed one cocktail too many?
– Is Delph’s punishment excessive?

The neighbourhood blue heeler and the publisher industry may never seem the same again.

Originally published: 1989