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An act of inexplicable cruelty. A family destroyed....

Constable Paul Hirschhausen runs a one-cop station in the dry farming country south of the Flinders Ranges. He's still new in town, but his community work - welfare checks and a light touch - is starting to pay off. Now Christmas is here and, apart from a grass fire, two boys stealing a vehicle and Brenda Flann entering the front bar of the pub without exiting her car, Hirsch's life has been peaceful.

Until he's called to an incident on Kitchener Street, a strange and vicious attack that sickens the community. And when the Sydney police ask him to look in on a family living on a forgotten back road, it doesn't look like a season of goodwill at all....

Garry Disher has published 50 titles across multiple genres and is best known as Australia's King of Crime. He has won the Deutsche Krimi Preis three times, the Ned Kelly Award twice, and his novel The Sunken Road was nominated for the Booker. In 2018 he received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award.

©2020 Garry Disher (P)2020 W F Howes

Critic reviews

'"A scorchingly good novel." (Michael Robotham)

"Disher is the gold standard for rural noir." (Chris Hammer)

"There has been a lot of fuss about Australian rural noir in recent years, but few, if any, do it better than Disher." (Canberra Weekly

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Yay for Steve Shanahan

I enjoyed Bitter Wash Road but said at the time how much better it would have been narrated by the divine Steve Shanahan. So I was delighted to see this wish come true for the sequel. Even better - and much darker - than BWR, this was a fantastic listen.

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