Rick’s trouble with the squatters and an “out for himself” lawyer take him deeper in the destructive quid pro quo battle. He quickly learns that a dog bite can be more lucrative than a gun shot. Rick puts his financial “smarts” to work and the action moves to a Mojave County casino. Things are reaching their saturation point.
The Squatters, like most people, do not regard an act of retribution against them as the second act. To them, the first was justified and stands alone; therefore an retribution is always a new, undeserved act. But Squatters lack moral proportion, and Rick gets more than he deserves.
Rick and Helena think that they can fight fire with fire, and do dirty tricks to their antagonists. In Part II of The Squatters, Ming Zhen Shakya shows how pitifully inadequate such actions are.
Rick (evil genius of The Money Lender) gets ‘his turn in the barrel’ when he tries to retreat to a house he owns and finds it filled with very nasty squatters. Rick thinks he knows how to fight fire with fire. But that remains to be seen.
Miguel doesn’t not see it yet, but Ruiz was right: his engagement to Constanza has cost him his honor. Tony proposes to Karen and she is furiously angry when she comes face to face with Juan. The pieces come together.
Juan has retreated to the tropical jungle. He harbors a subtle jealousy of Tony Celine and a bold disgust with people. He’s defeated and physically ill and doesn’t want to know anything about anyone. Karen gets answers to her questions – some good and some distressing. Her odyssey has come to an end.
Miguel is given a lesson in social politics. He thinks Ruiz was correct in his assertion that Miguel would lose everything he valued. He doesn’t know how even revenge would exact a terrible price. Karen is love and begins to see the obstacles she faces.
In Belize, Karen considers her situation. She now knows why Marc received such preferential treatment from the police, but the information doesn’t help her with the problems she faces. She needs someone to help her. For years, she had been without a serious man in her life, and little by little she is beginning to find herself attracted to two different men: both will need her help, but for wildly different reasons. She wants to solve one problem at a time; but time is not on her side.
There are old portraits in the hacienda’s attic that may explain some of the problem’s Karen is having. Getting into the attic is yet another problem. Ruiz, the police detective, says that he has information that will help her; but he is drunk and refuses to discuss what he has learned.
A day of enjoyable sailing ends with the bad news of Agnes Celine’s death and the worse news that Karen Breiton is suspected of having caused her death. Karen has stumbled into someone’s trap. But who or why or what the event will have on her professional reputation are questions only a Mexican police detective can answer.
A Phoenix cardiologist is the perfect choice to be framed for murder. She believes, as do all unenlightened souls, that she needs the society of other people. What she needs to learn is not to have friends, but to be friendly to everyone. But that spiritual state is a long way from where she finds herself. She distrusts Mexico’s legal system and she trusts friends from home who are known as reputable persons of integrity. Her misjudgments are now her biggest problems.
Yin Ts’ao, in his own inimitable way, has personalized man’s essential conflict with the material world and all its spurious values. His setting is the home of newlyweds and his instrument of rejection is alcohol and maybe a few drugs. Welcome to “The Party”.