Caleb Zelic can't hear you. But he can see everything.
The pulsating follow-up thriller to the acclaimed Resurrection Bay.
Caleb Zelic used to meet life head-on. Now he's struggling just to get through the day. His best mate is dead, his ex-wife, Kat, is avoiding him, and nightmares haunt his waking hours.
But when a young woman is killed after pleading for his help in sign language, Caleb is determined to find out who she was. And the trail leads straight to his hometown, Resurrection Bay. The town is on bushfire alert and simmering with racial tensions. As he delves deeper, Caleb uncovers secrets that could threaten his life and any chance of reuniting with Kat. Driven by his demons, he pushes on. But who is he willing to sacrifice along the way?
Ned Kelly Award winner Viskic combines nuanced characters and thoughtful plotting in her impressive sequel to Resurrection Bay, which introduced hearing-impaired Australian PI Caleb Zelic. In the wake of the previous book's murderous events, the investigator has been reduced to doing small-time jobs out of an office in his Melbourne home. One day, a stranger stops Caleb near his apartment and shows him a note written in lipstick with his name and address. He follows the man to a dim alleyway, where a woman emerges from the shadows and signs the word help. Shortly thereafter, a muscle-bound thug grabs the woman, who escapes with Caleb's help only to stumble backward into the street, where she's fatally struck by a van. Determined to find out what led to the tragedy, Caleb doggedly follows thin leads back to his hometown of Resurrection Bay, where he's attacked in his brother Ant's home by a man and woman who warn him not to go to the police. Caleb, whose life is described by Ant as "a wasteland of shattered people," is a brilliantly realized flawed lead. Fans of Michael Koryta's broken protagonists will be well satisfied.