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The Corrieva Contract

Author(s): Jai Baidell

Location(s): Australia, Canberra, Melbourne

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Modern



A country girl with city problems…

Joanne was notorious for tackling problems head-on during her teenage years in Yass, but she has left her home town behind to pursue a stable marriage and career in Canberra instead. It was too good to last. Her husband Stephen is missing, embroiled in a mess of spy trouble. She turns to her brother for help, but Rhys has problems of his own. Who are the Corrieva family, and is it a coincidence that both father and son are complicating Joanne’s life?

Joanne is prepared to sacrifice plenty to get Stephen back, but the price is getting higher all the time. Friends, family, her finances, the career she fought so hard for, are all in danger, and even her life might be on the line. Enemies lurk in Canberra, in Melbourne, and even in quiet Yass, but so do unexpected allies. As Joanne uncovers layer upon layer of Stephen’s decade of lies in the world of espionage, she survives by becoming harder and more ruthless, but will that be enough to defeat the secret forces arrayed against her?

Book 1 in the Bargains and Trades series is a suspense mystery recommended for mature readers interested in spies and espionage. The Corrieva Contract is set in contemporary Australia

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Characters that keep the plot twisting and turning.  A well layered plot.

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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Entries close 6th November 2021