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The Island

Maria Ian

Human rights attorney Craig Malcault thought he had seen it all after his many successes with difficult clients. That was until the assassination of a close colleague whose valor was at the heart of political struggles in a war-torn country brought Craig face to face with his own breaking point.

When a mysterious female client with connections to his deceased friend hires him to work on her behalf, neither superior lawyering skills, nor pinnacles of financial and political power can light the darkness of her demands for justice.

Knowing only the essentials for the client's case, Craig travels alone to the war zone. The pieces begin to fall into place as Craig confronts his client's duplicitous, murderous husband and his astute, crafty counterpart, who run the divided country, working with and against a hidden army of freedom fighters. Craig's discoveries upset the status quo and paint an unexpected new future where ideas and identities are not at all what they seemed to be.

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Maria Ian was a human rights counsellor for over fifteen years before moving from copious late-night legal writing to the authentic and candid practice of fiction and suspense. She holds three graduate degrees and has worked in publishing as editor for international law and political analysis reference works, and in education for national security and foreign relations courses, among others. As a child and young adult, Maria acquired appreciation for ethnography and the accurate on-the-ground reading of history and politics. She lived in six different countries and identifies her heritage as Finnish, Ukrainian, Turkish, central south Asian and Chinese.

Maria's hobbies are health, fitness and eastern medicine, for which she considers herself fortunate to have had competent guides in African animism and East Asian Taoism. She is also an avid wildlife conservation enthusiast.