Book 1 - Martin Scarsden

Scrublands

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Publisher Description

Set in a fictional Riverina town at the height of a devastating drought, Scrublands is one of the most powerful, compelling and original crime novels to be written in Australia.


Winner of the 2019 CWA Dagger New Blood Award for Best First Crime Novel


In an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself. 


A year later, troubled journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend to write a feature on the anniversary of the tragedy. But the stories he hears from the locals about the priest and incidents leading up to the shooting don't fit with the accepted version of events his own newspaper reported in an award-winning investigation. Martin can't ignore his doubts, nor the urgings of some locals to unearth the real reason behind the priest's deadly rampage.


Just as Martin believes he is making headway, a shocking new development rocks the town, which becomes the biggest story in Australia. The media descends on Riversend and Martin is now the one in the spotlight. His reasons for investigating the shooting have suddenly become very personal. 


Wrestling with his own demons, Martin finds himself risking everything to discover a truth that becomes darker and more complex with every twist. But there are powerful forces determined to stop him, and he has no idea how far they will go to make sure the town's secrets stay buried.


A compulsive thriller that will haunt you long after you have turned the final page.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2019
1 April
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
496
Pages
PUBLISHER
Allen & Unwin
SELLER
Allen & Unwin Pty Limited
SIZE
4.1
MB

Customer Reviews

LeroyyB ,

Interesting microcosm setting

The setting in the small town and its outlying areas is interesting as a writing technique. While there are other faraway locations described as part of the historical background the present is always in the condensed setting of the town and surroundings.

Oxman1969 ,

Great read

It’s a great mix of Australian culture and a gripping and intriguing storyline. Lots of twists and interwoven characters but none go to far to be unbelievable.

KT093SAAB ,

Scrublands gets under your skin like red outback dust

Scrublands is one of those rare gems that keeps you reading long into the night. It has a mixture of heartbreak, murder, revenge, greed, depravity, generational abuse, organised crime and a touch of romance. Martin Scarsden is a wounded reporter. Lost. Drifting in his own battlefield. Trying to make peace with his own life and also trying to make a future, whatever that looks like he has no idea. Then he pops up in a dried up old country town with dark secrets. Too many. Things unravel quickly and Martin is desperate to keep up with events and to piece it all together. The book is well researched, well written and for anyone who has lived in the outback like myself, his descriptions were so vivid I found myself back amongst the red dust once more.

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