Searchtime Expired -  an exposition

Searchtime Expired is a work of fiction set against a background of aviation in Papua-New Guinea in the 1960s.   Its chief characters are McNab, a thirty-year-old air-traffic controller who is extremely dissatisfied with his lot and, Betty, the young innocent who is hopelessly in love with him.   The subplot deals with the smuggling of prohibited exports and imports:  Australian fauna (birds) and narcotics respectively.     In the subplot I have used “dialogue only” both to advance the story and to reveal these secondary characters.    It is a work which can equally be called an “adventure,” a “romance,” or as the late and famous Graeme Green used to refer to some of his stories:  “an entertainment.”

            It was written in 1968.     I hope you like it.


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