By J. R. Carroll

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It would not be hard, even with a four-wheel drive, to slew off the greasy surface and over the side. As he drove he kept his eyes peeled. Isolated, inaccessible-looking houses with smoking chimneys occasionally came into view. qxd 19/11/03 11:55 AM Page 37 BLINDSIDE 37 willow that hung over the river, a rope with tyre attached suspended from a branch. It was a popular swimming hole for children; he had swung and jumped from that rope many a time in his green years. Round the next curve—and there it was.

I mean . . why now? ’ Why me? ‘My husband—soon to be my ex-husband—is a lawyer. No, I do him an injustice. He is a very famous and wealthy barrister, a top QC. We have the Toorak mansion, a very nice townhouse in East Melbourne, various blue-chip properties all over the country, the ski lodge, the cars, exclusive clubs . . He is going to be a Supreme Court judge one day soon. He is also a philanderer, with the morals of a stray cat. No, that’s unfair to cats. All our married life he has fucked other women.

Recently he went to Sydney, staying with his Sydney pal. It was supposedly a working visit. They hired some whores and spent three days fucking, snorting cocaine and swilling champagne. I found all this out because someone sent me an anonymous letter detailing his activities. Some colleague he’d put offside, no doubt. According to the note there was even some . . homosexual activity in front of the girls. That part knocked me for a loop, even though I have noticed in the past how his sexual orientation becomes increasingly blurred when he’s loaded.

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