Sol, a young truck driver with a turbulent past, drives his vehicle off the road into a tree in the Adelaide Hills. He finds himself with a mangled knee in a hospital bed next to Dave, an ageing pulp fiction writer and former war correspondent. Dave relieves the tedium by needling the new arrival at every opportunity. The result is a brawl that sees both men on the floor, with the petite Nurse Sarah struggling to haul the burly truckie away from her older patient's throat. From such an inauspicious beginning, the relationship between the two men develops, overcoming the barriers of their initial mutual mistrust and reticence. As Dave comes to suspect that, despite their differences, he and Sol share a similar dark secret, he adopts a course of action, encouraged by Sarah, that compels the younger man to face a hidden truth, and offers Dave one last chance at fulfillment.
Ross Barrett is a retired physicist, with research experience in nuclear physics, sonar technology and underwater acoustics. He has recently published a book, with two co-authors, on physics for non-specialists entitled: Physics: the Ultimate Adventure, Springer, 1916. In 1987 he commenced writing for the stage, and seven of his plays have been produced in professional partnerships in Adelaide. One of these was selected as the best new South Australian play of the year in 1994 by "The Advertiser," the local city newspaper. Final Round, which is based on his stage play with the same name, is his first novel. He is married, and lives in Adelaide.