The Merkin Chronicles trace the early life of Francis Urquhart Merkin: Francis to her friends, FU to her business associates and Fanny to her intimates.
Francis is the result of a carefully managed genetic program managed by the Guild, an ancient, secretive, global trading network.
She represents a new breed of woman for the Guild. She has inherited the Assassin strain, which allows her to kill without conscience and the Venus strain, which endows her with extraordinary sexual powers. For the Guild, it is a rare and fortuitous combination.
Francis later becomes a member of the Guild and is increasingly able to harness its vast economic power and influence which exceeds that of many sovereign states.
Her mother, Elizabeth, was a concert cellist. As a result, Frances had been exposed to the entire cello repertoire before she was born. When she died just after Francis was born, Elizabeth bequeathed to Francis not only her Stradivarius cello, the Castlebarco, but also her musical talents.
While at a state primary school, Francis met Manu and Lenny, two tough Maori kids, who grew up to be her lifelong guardian angels. She also receives an education that only the resources of the Guild could provide. When she shows advanced talents in the martial arts, Francis is sent to study with the legendary Sensi Kano. He recognises in Francis a capability far exceeding his own.
While at the exclusive girls’ school, St Trinians, Francis meets the exotically beautiful Madeline Brown, with whom she forms a lifelong lesbian relationship.
She also meets Roger Walker, the captain of the school’s team. A brief and torrid sexual encounter in the changing rooms uses Francis to Performance Enhancing Sex. At training that night, she takes four seconds of her Personal Best time for 400 m. Roger runs a Personal Worst. You can download this chapter from The Sample Chapters page
While on what was ostensibly a study tour in Mexico, Francis teams up with six Guild mercenaries. They parachute into a remote area in Panama and capture a $400m shipment of Columbian cocaine on its way to the US.
Back in Melbourne, Francis’ task is to infiltrate Australia’s cocaine import and distribution networks and begin substituting the Guild’s synthetic product, Pseudocaine, into them. She begins by eliminating several major crime figures who are involved in the drug trade.
Ultimately, the Guild’s plan is vast in scale and elegant in simplicity. It involves collaboration with international governments to eliminate the sale of illegal cocaine and to introduce the Guild’s synthetic substitute Pseudocaine into legal pharmaceutical frameworks. This will reap untold profits for the Guild.
Francis is the key to the success of this plan.