Way of Escape
by Ann Fillmore
In many countries, women have little value and the value they have is owned by men. Those women are—by rule of law and custom—virtually uneducated and subject to brutality and torture.
S.E.W, the secret Society for Emigrant Women, runs a rescue operation for women in danger that is much like the underground railway was for slaves in nineteenth century America. The money for S.E.W. comes mainly from a Swedish nobleman. S.E.W.'s avowed enemy, the Chief Constable of Iran, has put a fatwa death decree on the baron. To keep the baron safe, the head of S.E.W. declares him dead.
With women waiting in the rescue pipeline in Saudi, Uganda, and Miami, there is news that the Swedish government has decreed the baron’s estate goes, not to his son as planned, but to a woman whom the Swedish bureaucracy says is the baron's real wife! The accounts are frozen. There is no money for operations. Yet, the baron must remain "deceased."
Assassination plots are devised from California to the Middle East to stop S.E.W. from operating. S.E.W. agents are compromised, and women, who might be saved, instead may die. This is a story of intrigue, suspense, and mortal danger. It is a disturbing look at women trapped in cruel and repressive social structures.
Ann now writes mystery stories. For many years she was a teacher and counselor before doing her PhD and becoming an international consultant dealing with victims of violence. During the 70's she got her MA in Behavioral Science and for internship hours in 1976, she helped establish one of the first battered women's shelters in the US. It was an accident. The YWCA group had received funds for a rape reporting hotline but printed up flyers that announced they would help "WOMEN IN CRISIS". Because there were spare rooms in the building next to their offices, the police began dropping off terrified and bruised women and children. By Christmas of that year, a shelter was born. Talk about learning by doing!
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