Homicide detective Harry Belltree wouldn’t usually be looking too hard at an elderly couple’s suicide pact. Especially now, when his brother-in-law Greg has just been stabbed to death. But it seems Greg and the old couple had ties to the same man, a bent moneylender with friends in high places – and low.
Harry can’t get officially involved in Greg’s murder, but he suspects a link with two other mysterious deaths: his parents’. And when he goes off-grid to investigate, that’s when things start to get dangerous.
Set in Sydney, this dark, morally ambiguous and adrenaline-charged new series is a triumphant change of direction for Barry Maitland.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
After a dozen crime novels set in his native London, Barry Maitland—who moved to Australia in the mid-1980s—sets his sights on a grim, gritty section of Sydney nicknamed Crucifixion Creek. The first book in Maitland’s Belltree Trilogy depicts a neighbourhood rife with bikie gang warfare, drug trade and a series of strange deaths—the latter of which is investigated by stoic homicide detective Harry Belltree and journalist Kelly Pool. Read by Peter Hosking with hard-bitten plainness, this is Australian crime writing at its best. Fans of Peter Corris should especially appreciate Maitland’s tightly wound depictions of an unflattering patch of real life.