Cocer of Bolas Buys
Bolas buys

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Category: Satirical Fiction

Published: April 5, 2019

362 pages

Language: Australian English

ISBN: 9780463507162

Tags: business crime, ghost fiction

The Inspiration

I couldn’t fathom how psychopaths and other arseholes could be so successful in our community, as described in “Do Psychopaths Run the World?” I have experienced how demoralising they can be. I wanted to open doors, to understand how to make them figures of ridicule, so I could protect myself from the way they knock the stuffing out of me.

This is my second book, although I started writing this many years before I thought about writing the first book that I published. I wrote about it because I could not find things to read that were about how to deal with psychopaths.

When I started to write a story on this theme, I realised why. A psychopath will Knock the stuffing out of you one small piece at a time and they rarely lash out in a dramatic trigger behaviour. In fact, it is often their victims that act-out. Having the will to live incrementally removed from a victim does not make an appealing story. It is also hard to explain how someone, still being hostile twelve months after an event, is bullying, while being angry, a week after the event could be because they were hurt.

The psychopath that inspired my writing, had eight managers resign in six months and she was only the director of five. I too finally quit and moved on to try to repair my shattered psyche.

Anyway, I wrote from a psychopath’s prospective to get into their mind and explored the business barracudas, for which the state I live in, is well known. It was hard to write from the perspective of someone I loathed, but I hope I made it funny enough for it to be an enjoyable read.

The work of fiction

A stuffed toy losing its stuffing
Knock the stuffing out of you

Sir Martin is a rich and ruthless Perth entrepreneur, who dies while celebrating with his admiring friends after making a load of money from a takeover bid. His opinions are so self-absorbed, only avid supporters of George Pell, Donald Trump, and bolas spiders are likely to agree with him.

He has a heart attack. After Death dismisses him, he gets caught between the living world, where he can only exist in people’s thoughts of him and the void, which he describes as vast, empty and populated with apparitions and reject ghosts. This forces him to face a different view of the world.

He’s shocked to find that thoughts of him are rare amongst the admiring friends. He ends up in the thoughts of people who didn’t praise him much when he was alive.

In his will, he gave a brewery to his girlfriend, Cleo. This brewery is where he had hidden the paper trails that documented his shady deals, which he calls Bolas Buys.

Boudicca in her chariot
Boudicca sets off to defeat the Romans

As artful as an orb-weaving spider, Cleo puts the people at the Brewery in their place, which, as Sir Martin planned, is effective in keeping the sharks that are circling his family’s wealth at bay.

Despite this success, his daughter, who is called Boadie, after Boudicca, joins with people in the Brewery to try to undermine Cleo and her Machiavellian ways.

To stop their misplaced idealism putting his fortune at risk, Sir Martin dangles his opinions into people’s consciousness, as if he is a bolas spider.

In the end, his affection for Boadie and his determination to look after her, shows he is not as ruthless as he makes out … But close.

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