Shortlisted FALS Colin Roderick Award, 2010.
Emily Tempest: small, black, snaky as a taipan's tooth. The woman least likely ever to embark on a career in policing. Until she becomes the Aboriginal Community Police Officer for the outback (not to mention throwback) township of Bluebush.
Her new boss is a martinet called Cockburn and, being allergic both to authority and to keeping her big mouth shut, Emily is immediately at odds with him. And when a death is reported at the Green Swamp Well Roadhouse things start to get complicated.
Cockburn thinks it's a simple case of two old drunks and a hammer; Emily's not convinced.
Gunshot Road is another irresistible read from Adrian Hyland, featuring all his comic brilliance and lyricism.
'Hugely entertaining…laconic warmth mixed with the old school wiseass of Raymond Chandler or George Pelecanos.' Sunday Age
Crisp, colorful prose distinguishes the outstanding second Emily Tempest investigation set in the Australian Outback from Ned Kelly Award winner Hyland (after 2008's Moonlight Downs). Tempest, a half-Aboriginal, half-white police officer, clashes with her superior in the official inquiry into the murder of prospector Albert Ozolins. She doesn't think eccentric John Vincent Petherbridge (aka Wireless ) struck Ozolins a fatal blow to the throat with a geological hammer, despite Wireless's admitting he argued with the victim about Xeno's Paradox shortly beforehand. Instead, Emily suspects that the scientist's research into the snowball Earth theory, the hypothesis that the earth's surface may once have been entirely frozen over, may have given someone a motive to kill. Hyland doesn't spare his independent heroine some rough knocks. Readers who like their mysteries in exotic locales will hope this series has a long run.