Here Come The Sand Men…
So, after your kind help, we reached – or rather the publisher’s designers reached – a decision on the cover of ‘The Sand Men’ which was not one of the ones most of us chose! Having said that, I really do like it, as it captures the tone of the book perfectly – somehow looking like an SF book, yet based in the present. So, job well done Solaris and thank you – now all we have to do is get someone to try it!
‘The Sand Men’ is out on October 8th, and here’s a revised synopsis;
In Dubai there’s a new world of high-end, high-luxury resorts emerging for the super-rich. In an ancient country of old gods, centuries-traditions are being replaced by western ideals – but at what price?
Lea, Roy and their troubled 15 year-old daughter Cara arrive to live in a gated community exclusively reserved for foreign executives. Roy has been hired to deal with teething problems at Dream World, a futuristic beach complex. Systems are failing, and local troubles are adding to the company’s problems.
In the oppressive heat, the wives appear happy to follow behind their husbands, cooking and arranging tea parties, but Lea finds herself a virtual prisoner in a land where Western women are regarded with suspicion on the streets.
At least there are a few friendly outsiders who don’t enjoy the conformity of the ex-pat community – until one night, when the most difficult and outspoken one, Milo, is killed in a suspicious hit-and-run accident.
Milo’s death is the first in a string of inexplicable occurrences that divide the foreign workers. Lea’s neighbours start to blame migrants, Arabs and even each other. Lea is convinced that deliberate acts of cruelty are being committed – but is there a real threat to her life, or is she becoming paranoid? Where does reality end and imagination begin? And what if the thing she fears most is really happening?
What happens in a world where only the rich have any value?
Welcome to a future that’s five minutes away, where rebellion against conformity can lead to something unexpected…