Thriller & suspense
Published: Sep. 7, 2018
Language: Australian English
Tags: war on drugs, social capital
I wrote Poppy because I wanted to look into lazy bigotry and other causes of foul things like racism, sexism and the war on drugs. Writing helps me understand.
I thought my story and characters in Poppy were outlandish, but after I read Johann Hari’s wonderful book,” Chasing the Scream,” I discovered that his truths were much stranger than my fiction. Both our books, however, blame fear and hatred, for causing the lazy bigotry that fuels the devastation that drugs inflict.
The work of fiction
Poppy and Bernard are two badly matched warriors on different sides of the war on drugs. Poppy thinks Bernard is a galah and with her drug syndicate sets about destroying Bernard’s life. Poppy has been part of the violence in the drug culture since her mother died when she was five. Her father is a serial killing drug lord who wants Poppy to become the face of his drug syndicate. He is encouraging Poppy to kill people like Bernard, who are getting in their way. Poppy knows her father has her best interests at heart, but she has never killed and is not sure she wants to make a living out of killing people.
Poppy knows her father is trying to do what is best for her, and she does love the money, but she is squeamish about the killing that is essential for her trade. This is not to say she’s a bad fighter. She has a dragon to inspire her and her favourite weapon is a blackjack that she whirls as if it was Thor’s hammer.
Bernard is a cop that most people call Shrek, because, well, he looks like an ogre. He is so bizarre that he doesn’t hate drug addicts much and even
As part of the plan to discredit Bernard, Poppy befriends his father to frame him for drug trafficking, but she gets too close to the quaint old man. This gives her warm and fuzzy feelings that she finds hard to dispel and it makes accepting her life as a killer even harder.