He was once a bronzed lifesaver, but is now a balding, overweight Beaurepaires manager nearing 40, an ambitious man with desires his marriage cannot satisfy. She is 29, the wife of one of his employees; a serial cheater and manipulator, she can curl her lips into a knowing smile and bat bedroom eyes at any man who cares to take a second look. Kevin Matthews and Michelle Burgess are made for each other.
The affair begins with furtive sex in parks and offices, moving on to Scotch-fuelled lunchtime trysts in Adelaide motels. Their marriages crumble, his career and finances suffer and the obsession deepens. The pillow talk turns sinister. She issues ultimatums. Drastic action is needed if they are to be together.
DEAD BY FRIDAY draws on the meticulous Major Crime investigation and puts readers at the detectives’ sides as they hunt three unlikely killers. Set in Adelaide’s aspirational west and the struggling northern suburbs of Davoren Park and Elizabeth, it seeks the disturbing truth about Michelle Burgess. How did a schoolgirl who told extravagant lies to get attention grow up to be a serial sex predator turned killer? The truth is revealed in a forensic profile created for the book that reaches conclusions that shock even the eminent forensic psychologist who compiled it.
For the first time, detectives, witnesses, families, friends and lovers reveal how the terrible conspiracy and crime unfolded, leading to an inexplicable third affair and the seduction of prison officers behind bars. Should authorities fear that Michelle Burgess may strike again?
Dead By Friday – How lust and greed led to murder in the suburbs was published in October 2012. It is available in bookstores across Australia and also in Kindle format.