Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 1992
But on the South Sea island of Santa Maria life was unchanged. A life, according to the stern faced Father Goode, of sin-drenched, barely clothed sexuality and Godlessness.
Meanwhile his niece Rachel tended the sick and flinched from the disturbing presence of Patrick Corrigan, drunk, gambler and brawler, as District Officer Ian Manning shouldered the white man’s burden of administration.
Then the war became real.
Singapore, symbol of the British Empire, fell and soon the Japanese arrive.
And Santa Maria became an exploding volcano of violence, betrayal and unexpected heroism.
I love Colin Falconer books, and this one is by far my favourite.
The attraction between Rachel and Patrick is evident from the first pages, and I loved the subtle humour in the story.
Written in omnipresent point of view it was well crafted and the flow from one person to another was seamless and well done. Not once did I get confused about who was talking or thinking.
Rachel is a naïve girl, raised by her Uncle, Father Goode. He is a fire and brimstone preacher on the island of Santa Maria and he can’t stand Patrick Corrigan, a man he sees of having little morals.
Patrick however has higher morals than anyone was prepared to accept, however he is selfish and thinks only of himself, until Miss Goode throws herself into his life and he seems unable to disentangle himself from her charms.
The story is rich with details and I could easily imagine the high humidity o
f the Pacific Island that the story was set.
If you like war stories, espionage and mystery, you would enjoy this story.
This book has been re-released by Colin Falconer as Corrigan’s Run