The Medusa On My Island
by Omri Hussain
Leaving beind a turbulent and politically volatile Holland, two Dutch criminals by the name of Roger and Marc arrive on the island of Crete. Here on the island of myths and legends they devote themselves to the most expensive and ambitious project of their lives; the creation of Medusa Bar. Build from scratch Medusa Bar soon becomes the most impressive, opulent and expensive bar Crete has ever seen. So not surprisingly the bar becomes the most talked about venue in Rethymno, the pretty little town where this saga unfolds.
The project however goes way over budget and the two Dutchmen resort back to a life of crime. They decide that an illegal prostitution business is their only hope. This is how the young Englishman and the Russian Mikhail become involved with the Dutchmen. Roger tricks the two men into coming to Crete by promising them a well-paid job in Medusa Bar. However, bringing Peter and Mikhail to Crete was going to be the biggest mistake of their lives. Two employees at Mudusa Bar, the English girl Linda and the giant Albanian Ben, help the two to escape.
Upon returning to England Peter reports them to the police, and puts into motion the tragic and devastating consequences for Roger and Marc. Both are found murdered a few weeks latter. Their sadistic murder attracts huge international media attention, and becomes the most high-profile murder case that Greece has ever seen.
What was to make this murder case so exceptional was the fact that the accused puts forward the most extraordinary motive for committing these heinous murders; sleepwalking. This was to be Greece's first ever automatism murder case. It begged the question; it is possible that during sleepwalking the mind is independent from the human conscious mind, and therefore a person is not responsible for his or her actions, even if the crime was savage beyond belief?
Nothing was going to be the same again for all the characters in the novel. Medusa Bar was to change everything in their lives forever. The twist in the novel comes at the end when Mikhail is about to board the aeroplane for Russia, and makes a devastating confession. This confession will reveal why this was an appalling human tragedy.
Inspired by real-life events, this is a story of how lives and fates become interwined. It's about how we fail and excel as human beings. It is a story about ambition, cruelty, revenge, greed and redemption.
The whole drama unfolds in a modern-day Greece that is literally falling apart as a civilised nation. Linda and Ben watch in horror as their adopted country falls into anarchy and third world poverty. The human cost of the European Union's bailout packages that came with strict austerity measures is revealed.
The tragedy of modern-day Greece is a warning to the whole of Europe; we are all in danger of political and social chaos as the pan-European recession deepens. The lesson to be learned from Greece's folly and financial ruin is that human civilisation hangs by a very thin thread. Whether we mock or sympathise with Greece's plight, either way the rest of Europe cannot escape the ripples of this Greek tragedy.
- Arrow Publishers, June 2013
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