Bardot's Comet

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Strategic Book Publishing, Jan 1, 2012 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Synopsis: Bardot's Comet is a literary crime novel set in Australia in a period of intense social and scientific change: 1966-1969. Amid the rise of feminism and sexual liberation, the Vietnam War, the first man on the moon, the global debate on science versus religion, and the Murchison Comet, a father seeks to understand his daughter's brutal murder. Leonardo Bari changed his daughter's name to Prudence after her mother died, a month after her birth in 1924. This simple act haunts him as he questions its impact on her life. Does numerology form an integral part of the cosmic plan for one's life? Can changing a name alter one's destiny? Or is the Murchison Comet, which his daughter re-names "Bardot's Comet," the bringer of doom and death? Is destiny, Bardot's Comet, or Leonardo himself ultimately responsible for Prudence's shocking fate?
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
Commissioners Commentary
19
Criticism
35
New Year 1967
55
Polly Smith
69
Commissioners Commentary
85
Fabian Rossi
99
Richard Smythe
113
The Dinner Party
126
Polly Smith
150
Arlene Bernie
168
Commissioners Commentary
191
Commissioners Commentary
205
Commissioners Commentary
223
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Martina Nicolls grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, and currently resides in Canberra, the capital of Australia, where she is a humanitarian aid development evaluator and advisor for international governments on education, child labor, peace, science, community development, gender, and management. Ms. Nicolls is completing her fourth novel, about a female international development worker in Liberia.

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