Tat­low tells an en­thralling tale

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - REG A. WAT­SON

MICHAEL Tat­low’s lat­est book, Pike’s Pyra­mid, is a story of in­trigue, in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism, big business cor­rup­tion, ex­cite­ment and ten­sion, set largely in Tas­ma­nia.

Tat­low is a well- known au­thor and Tas­ma­nian jour­nal­ist. In his lat­est work, he has no doubt suc­ceeded in en­ter­tain­ing his read­ers. I found I could not put it down, want­ing to know what was go­ing to hap­pen next.

It is a fast- mov­ing novel and what makes it of greater in­ter­est is that much of the ac­tion takes place in Stan­ley, on the North- West Coast, mak­ing it all recog­nis­able and plau­si­ble.

The cen­tre character is Blar­ney Pike, a no- non­sense tough bloke who is nonethe­less hon­est and cer­tainly brave.

Pike has been mar­ried for a year to the fem­i­nine and at­trac­tive Alex.

This is his sec­ond mar­riage, and he has two chil­dren liv­ing in Syd­ney.

Alex’s par­ents are of Czech ori­gin, and this is where the ac­tion first takes place.

The cou­ple are part of an in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion called Argo and it is ob­vi­ous which pyra­mid group it is mod­elled after, how­ever the real business is not in­volved in money laun­der­ing, ar­ma­ments and drug deal­ing.

The head of Pike’s net­work in Tas­ma­nia is a Pro­fes­sor Richard De Groote.

The supreme head of Argo, which has more than 200 prod­ucts, from laun­dry pow­der to cars, is Abra­ham Har­bek, who runs the em­pire from the US.

Un­know­ing to those who have been re­cruited by Argo across the world, its cor­rup­tion is un­cov­ered by Jack Sum­mons, a jour­nal­ist friend of Pike, while they are in the Czech Repub­lic vis­it­ing Alex’s par­ents and re­cruit­ing for Argo.

Sum­mons is bru­tally mur­dered after ap­par­ently dis­cov­er­ing the enor­mous cor­rup­tion within the or­gan­i­sa­tion and its in­volve­ment with the mafia and al- Qa’ida

It’s a long story, but after a few close shaves the Pikes re­turn to Stan­ley, where they learn what Sum­mons dis­cov­ered.

The pace quick­ens and Stan­ley be­comes a cen­tre of much crim­i­nal and counter- crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity

The tale could end up be­ing con­fus­ing but Tat­low han­dles it well, how­ever the reader has to be alert to keep track of all the var­i­ous char­ac­ters that come into the story.

It is a good yarn.

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