With its gold-rush history long in the past, Stone Town has seen better days. And it’s now in the headlines for all the wrong reasons . . .
When three teenagers stumble upon a body in dense bushland one rainy Friday night, Senior Sergeant Mark Ariti’s hopes for a quiet posting in his old home town are shattered. The victim is Aidan Sleeth, a property developer, whose controversial plan to buy up local land means few are surprised he ended up dead.
However, his gruesome murder is overshadowed by a mystery consuming the entire nation: the disappearance of Detective Sergeant Natalie Whitsed.
Natalie had been investigating the celebrity wife of crime boss Tony ‘The Hook’ Scopelliti when she vanished. What did she uncover? Has it cost her her life? And why are the two Homicide detectives, sent from the city to run the Sleeth case, so obsessed with Natalie’s fate?
Following a late-night call from his former boss, Mark is sure of one thing: he’s now in the middle of a deadly game . . .
'Astonishingly assured crime debut. A pitch perfect outback noir, set against a vivid and atmospheric desert landscape . . . The book's explosive finale with linger with your for days.' Weekend Australian on Cutters End
'Past and the present collide to create a gripping tale of murder and intrigue.' Chris Hammer, author of Scrublands on Cutters End
'This smart, affecting tale owes more to Scandi noir fiction with its sinister twists and aching characters . . . a tour de force.' Australian Women's Weekly on Cutters End
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A small mining community with history dating back to the gold rush, Stone Town becomes the unexpected site of both a murder and a disappearance. That compounds the intrigue for Senior Sergeant Mark Ariti, the returning protagonist of Margaret Hickey’s previous book, still haunted by his conscience after the events of Cutters End. Here, Mark reunites with his younger colleague, Senior Constable Jagdeep Kaur, as he tries to locate the source of the ill will festering behind the scenes of this tight-knit town, where property development and organised crime are also thrown into the mix. Hickey once again takes a considered approach to outback noir, lingering on true-to-life details while delivering well-crafted twists.
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I loved this book, the characters are so well written
, it’s a can’t put down rollicking good mystery, very good!
Lots of red herrings
Hmm I didn’t like this as much as the previous one in this series.
Note to author… the treatment of the snakebite was dreadful. Perhaps a little bit of research about how they are managed. Any doctor or nurse working in a rural Australian emergency department can probably tell you