Set against the turbulent backdrop of the forest industry, The Rainbow Man presents a powerful, explicit commentary on small town politics, and a chilling insight into what can happen when too much power falls into the hands of too few. The central question addressed in the book is: What happens to a community when corruption becomes endemic, when isolation shapes a social order dominated by deceit and malevolence, beyond the bounds of the law?
When Peter Harris, a trainee teacher, arrives in the rural township of Wall’s Creek, he wants only to be left alone, to forget his recent, abortive involvement in student politics and the trauma of a failed relationship. Instead, he finds himself embroiled in a dispute between the owner of the local timber mill, on which the town’s economy depends, and a group of environmentalists who, as their legitimate avenues of redress are thwarted, resort to increasingly radical methods to achieve their goals. Unwittingly, Peter Harris steps into a maelstrom of intrigue and violence that challenges his most basic beliefs, and ultimately puts his life in jeopardy.
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