Against the sedate background of life in a regional Victoria, The Seduction of Clayton Latour explores the emotions of lust, greed, ambition and revenge that lie just below the surface. Like the Yarrowee Creek that wends its way through the heart of town, one moment there is a trickle and the next a raging torrent.Clayton Latour has been working at Grant & Leeson's, Chartered Accountants, for 12 years and sees no prospect for promotion. His colleagues are younger, cleverer and more devious. Even his marriage to Louise operates on automatic pilot. Now aged 43, Clayton is beginning to doubt whether his life has any real meaning.This all changes when Clayton Latour spies the "Lolita-esque" Fleur Conway by the side of his neighbour's pool. A nubile minx with the power of a 36D cup to tantalise the most unwitting male, Fleur lives the fantasy world of B-grade cinema and the femme fatale. She is the nemesis who undermines Clayton Latour and sets in motion a chain of events that lead to murder, betrayal, judgment and, ultimately, redemption. Who seduces whom, we ask? And what will the consequences be?
The tragic death of Grant & Leeson's most favoured client will put even greater temptation into Clayton's path and unleash the fury of a town exposed. Only through discarding the false values that determined his existence will Clayton Latour find true happiness.
Damien Luscombe is a Melbourne-based author with many years writing experience. He holds a prominent teaching position at a Melbourne private school and has travelled extensively. This is his second book, but the first with Brolga.