What’s Your Poison?
The motto of Scotland is Nemo Me Impune Lacessit which is Latin for ‘None shall provoke or injure me with impunity’. The origin of the motto reflects the feudal clan system of ancient Scotland, particularly the Highlands.
In the Hebrew Bible “an eye for an eye” (Exod. 21:24) validates the concept of proportionate revenge, in which there would be an equality of suffering. The biblical period has been used as a backdrop for stories of revenge in Ben Hur, Gladiator and Sparticus. Then there’s Charles Bronson in Death Wish or Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry who seeks revenge on behalf of society.
Other forms of revenge are more subtle such as poisoning, a favourite method in Egypt. Having a partner bumped off to collect their life insurance is the favourite method for those who want to climb the social ladder.
Such was my fascination for revenge that it prompted me to write What’s Your Poison And Other Ways To Die. Each story is dedicated to some form of revenge even when there’s no murder involved.
I hope you enjoy reading and thanks for your company.
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