In a place they call 'Sleepy Hollow', a half-century old coastal campground - beloved by locals and visitors alike - is closed one summer to make way for a multi-million dollar residential subdivision. As the campers are moved on - the locals move in, for a seven week-long occupation protesting their rightful claim to the land.
Around the country real estate is booming, leaving developers and agents flush and first home buyers priced out of the market. High country pastoral leases are sold off to wealthy foreigners wanting their own 'slice of paradise', whilst the South Island rivers die 'deaths by a thousand cuts'. Trans-national corporations are ranked in an annual 'hall of shame' awards night, according to the degree to which they exploit New Zealanders. An international breach of human rights law is perpetuated despite thousands marching on Parliament to prevent it.
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Stephen Wolfe, a down and out fly fishing guide from north Georgia, has bills piling up and an empty bank account. The only one not worried is his faithful canine companion Skip. With only one hope to escape financial ruin, Stephen must win the Silver King Tarpon Tournament in the Florida Keys. Winning the tournament, a seemingly difficult task in itself, becomes more complicated when Stephen is pursued by some shady characters that threaten his existence. This fast moving novel is a "stay up and read all-nighter" with unexpected twists at every turn.… (more)