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Summary

The Times Crime Book of the Month

In the outback, nothing stays buried forever.... 

Opals...

In the desolate outback town of Finnigans Gap, police struggle to maintain law and order. Thieves pillage opal mines, religious fanatics recruit vulnerable youngsters and billionaires do as they please.

Bodies...

Then an opal miner is found crucified and left to rot down his mine. Nothing about the miner's death is straight-forward, not even who found the body. Homicide Detective Ivan Lucic is sent to investigate, assisted by inexperienced young investigator Nell Buchanan.

But Finnigans Gap has already ended one police career and damaged others, and soon both officers face damning allegations and internal investigations. Have Ivan and Nell been set up, and if so, by whom?

Secrets...

As time runs out, their only chance at redemption is to find the killer. But the more they uncover, the more harrowing the mystery becomes, and a past long forgotten is thrown into scorching sunlight.

Because in Finnigans Gap, nothing stays buried for ever.

©2021 Chris Hammer (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic reviews

"The best Australian crime novel for years." (The Times)

"Hammer is a great writer - a leader in Australian noir." (Michael Connelly)

"Intelligent, thought-provoking - an almost-perfect crime novel." (Ann Cleeves)

"This slice of Australian noir sparkles like an opal in the blistering sun." (Lisa Gray)

"Opal Country is a top-notch Aussie Noir with real heat coming off the pages." (Christopher Fowler)

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Good read bad narration

Had to buy this on Kindle to finish it because it’s a good read with awful narration - over-acted, mannered and unnatural.

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Better than Scrublands

I enjoyed this Aussie noir mystery that is a standalone, but takes place within the same universe as Scrublands. The story does get a bit on the complex side towards the end. I also wish the author had created more definition between the two mining magnates - I kept getting them mixed up, especially since they both have 'Bull' in their name. The narration is pretty good, if a bit breathy, but I have to delete a star for the unedited burp (not part of the story!) Could've done without that thanks!

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So good

Great story, great writing and excellent narration. Highly recommend reading this book set in Australia.

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Tense and atmospheric

Really well crafted plot, interesting characters, constantly shifting red herrings, and Opal Mine country so well described I felt I was there baking in the heat.

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Great writing, terrible narration

I love Chris Hammer’s books and this is another brilliant story but the narration is distracting and annoying. The narrators voices and dialogue scenes are ok but the passive narration is so over performed and theatrical it becomes grating. Definitely listen to a sample before buying. If I didn’t enjoy the story so much I would have returned because of the narration.

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So enjoyable

This is compelling and neatly constructed. The world of opal mining, the incursion of mining companies and that area of Australia is very vividly drawn. The end was slightly shambolic but the journey was a treat.

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Nearly perfect

This was one of the best crime thrillers I have heard/ read. The reader was outstanding. Unfortunately the writer's journalist background led to him spoiling the final ending, when a much better finally would have created a perfect Detective novel.

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Brilliant

An exceptionally good book very well narrated. The story line is interesting and credible. It gets complex towards the end so you need to remember the characters but the author is very good at prompting who’s who without it being too obvious. Highly recommend.

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Grit and atmosphere in Aussie mystery

Great listen, conveyed the harshness of the wild country brilliantly. Enjoyed the characters devlopment over time.

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Great police procedural with fabulous narration

A satisfying, complex mystery, with a strong sense of place, appealing characters, and multiple threads of narrative working together. Read by one of the most impressive audiobook readers I've encountered - he is a serious artist. Highly recommended.