Short of Love by Martin Knox is a biofiction thriller novel available on Amazon.
Bride and bridegroom dowries are in the past but trading in love is still common everywhere. When Tom is unable to get with Vicki and she tricks him, he puts her aside until later when he can afford the time and he has a good job. He does a short trade with a friend, as if she were a consenting commodity. But the scheme backfires. The two try to get together but their ambitious careers are obstacles, his being overseas. Knox’s explanations of commodity trading and petroleum production reveal dramatic events.
The story is a satire, a romp through normal human mating conventions.
Their love is ill-fated but he remains hopeful. His work is CEO of an international oil company caught up in civil war in a famine-stricken African country. When Vicki confronts him with his responsibility, will love find a way?
Tom Archer falls for university student Vicki Hillstone, who tricks him to take a lie detector test and finds out he is bedding town girl Barbara. Vicki is distracting Tom from his studies so he reduces his overall vulnerability to love. He ‘shorts’ Vicki for later but he is devastated when she appears to make out with his best friend Richard.
The women counteract Tom’s love commodity investment with tragic consequences. He follows a glittering career in the petroleum industry while trying to take up with Vicki. After the deception of their beginning, can he and Vicki ever become a couple?
Review by Vesna Mcmaster, author and editor.
‘In ‘Short of Love’, Knox has taken the picaresque genre by the cerebrum, presenting a narrative alternately amusing, shocking, and deeply familiar by turns. The unrelenting pace and clean style combine within a paradoxical whole, both epic and microscopic simultaneously. Add to that an author/reader relationship that defies convention, and you have this curious and memorable work, which will present an entertaining challenge to the end.’