*** WINNER OF THE NED KELLY AWARD FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL ***
*** THE SUNDAY TIMES CRIME CLUB STAR PICK ***
'A superb chronicler of cop culture' - SUNDAY TIMES
'The greatness of Garry Disher' IAN RANKIN
'The equal of Joseph Wambaugh and James Lee Burke' - THE TIMES
SMALL CRIMES CAN HAVE TERRIBLE CONSEQUENCES
Winter in Tiverton, and Constable Paul Hirschhausen has a snowdropper on his patch. Someone is stealing women's underwear, and Hirsch knows how that kind of crime can escalate. Then two calls come in: a child abandoned in a caravan, filthy and starving. And a man on the rampage at the primary school.
Hirsch knows how things like that can escalate, too. An absent father who isn't where he's supposed to be; another who flees to the back country armed with a rifle. Families under pressure can break. But it's always a surprise when the killing starts.
A hugely atmospheric police procedural set in the dust of the Australian outback. Perfect for readers of Jane Harper, Chris Hammer and Dervla McTiernan.
'Disher is the gold standard for rural noir' - CHRIS HAMMER
'The Hirsch novels are Disher's finest work' - DOMINIC NOLAN
'This is a book that cannot be praised enough. Read it' - HERALD SUN
'Peter Temple and Garry Disher will be identified as the crime writers who redefined Australian crime fiction' - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD