The story is written as a memoir in diary format, beginning with his childhood growing up in a small country town in the Australian bush.
He was conscripted for the Vietnam War at age 20 in 1967, where he got his first introduction to international conflict.
After the Vietnam War, following other work in Thailand and Cambodia, Peter returned to Australia and was approached to help overthrow the government of the Seychelles Islands, east of Africa.
“It was good money and there’s a bit of mischief in me,” he says.
However, Peter was arrested in 1986 for what he initially thought was for his involvement in planning the coup plot. However he soon found out he was up on murder charges for the alleged murder of Adrian Kay, a high profile socialite who owned the King Arthur’s Court hotel in Sydney, Australia.
Peter says that he was set up by people with both a connection to Kay, and who were also privy to the Seychelles plot.
He found himself facing charges of murder, and attempting to overthrow a foreign government.
Peter pleaded guilty to the Seychelles charge, and after serving five years in prison, the murder charges were thrown out due to a lack of evidence.
Peter believes the Australian justice system, which he claims is “corrupt”, worked against him for a number of reasons. The main one being that one prisoner, facing a life sentence for the rape and attempted murder of a 15 year old girl in Sydney, ended up becoming a witness in the Kay murder trial, in return for a reduction in his sentence.
He claimed Peter had confessed in prison that he’d stabbed Kay. Peter said it was later proved that the man had committed perjury, but still had his life sentence reduced by 12 years.
On his release, and having submitted several unsuccessful claims for compensation, Peter had completely lost faith in the legal system and government.
His previous business, and also his marriage, had collapsed as a result of being in prison. Flat broke, he moved to Cambodia and worked in security for nearly eight years.
He then moved to Thailand, and was on the beach in Patong with wife Darani (Nen) during the 2004 tsunami.
The pair survived but their home didn’t, and six months later he was on his way to Iraq to earn money working as a security contractor running convoys for the US military, where he finally began putting his story to paper.
“I thought about writing it in 1986, but thought that it was a bit embarrassing. Then, when I was in Iraq last year I thought, ‘Bugger it, I’m going to write a book’. It was a spur of the moment decision, and I wrote it in eight months while I was working there.”
He returned to Phuket in December last year, along with the final version of his book.
“There’s always someone out there that’s doing it harder than yourself. There are many people that have faced and, still to this present day, are facing hardships that one just can’t comprehend.
“What I have attempted to express in the book, is that whatever the hardships we face in life, be strong and most importantly, believe in yourself and stand on your own two feet during times of adversity.
“There’s always hope. I’m a great believer in fate.”
Razor’s Edge is available from Asia Books, B2S and other leading booksellers in Phuket for B900. For more information visit razorsedgebypeterslade.net
Peter will hold a book signing at Jungceylon from 11am on July 14.