by Garry Disher
As you read you’ll feel the scorching heat of a South Australian Christmas, you’ll tread carefully for snakes and you’ll feel every bump on that corrugated road. It also means you’ll feel the frustration of not being able to get a straight answer, and the the diplomatic dealing of a single policeman in a town that has a lot of secrets. Another brilliant and compelling mystery from one of Australia’s finest!
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 the community work—welfare checks and working bees—is starting to pay off. Now Christmas is here and, apart from a grass fire, two boys stealing a ute 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 a strange, vicious incident in Kitchener Street. And Sydney police ask him to look in on a family living outside town on a forgotten back road.
Suddenly, it doesn’t look like a season of goodwill at all.