[Devils feather - [derivation Turkish] - a woman who stirs a mans interest without realising it; the unwitting cause of sexual arousal]
With private security firms supplying bodyguards in every theatre of war, who will notice the emergence of a sexual psychopath from the ranks of the mercenaries?
When five women are brutally murdered in Sierra Leone, Reuters correspondent, Connie Burns, questions the arrest of three rebel soldiers for the crimes. No one listens. In the wake of a vicious civil war which saw hundreds of thousands killed and displaced, the rape and murder of women is of little consequence. And who cares if child soldiers are beaten into a confession?
With little to go on, except her witnessing of a savage attack on a prostitute, Connie believes a foreigners responsible. A man who claims to have been in the SAS and works as a bodyguard to a Lebanese diamond trader. She remembers him from Kinshasa when he was a mercenary for Laurent Kabilas regime, and she suspects he uses the chaos of war to act out sadistic fantasies against women.
Two years later in Iraq, the consequences of her second attempt to expose him are devastating. Terrified, degraded and destroyed, she goes into hiding in England and tries to rebuild the person she was before being subjected to three days of conditioning in a Baghdad cellar.
In the process, she strikes up a friendship with Jess Derbyshire, a loner whose reclusive nature has alienated her from the rest of the Dorset community where she lives. Seeing parallels between herself and Jess, Connie borrows from the other womans strength and makes the hazardous decision to attempt a third unmasking of a serial killer...
Fantastic Upcoming Captain Pugwash Events!
We're delighted to announce that there are a series of fantastic upcoming Captain Pugwash events over the next year.
27.05.2017 - 31.01.2018: Pugwash art works and objects to be included in 'Shiver My Timbers Exhibition' at 'The Word', the newly-built National Centre for the Written Word in South Shields, Tyne & Wear. An exhibition all about pirates in literature, legend and on the screen.
22.07.2017 'Festival of the Sea' raft racing and events featuring Pugwash in publicity material, including a Pugwash trail through the town of Rye.
August - September 2017: Rye Station facsimiles of Pugwash artworks
20.10.2018 - 22.04.2019: Pugwash artworks and objects to be included in the exhibition 'A Pirate's Life for Me.' At the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, London.