Melbourne, 1871: John King is dying far from the deserts he traversed with the legendary Burke and Wills.
One autumn evening in the city of Cardigan a bicycle goes flying off the end of the pier and its rider disappears, never to be seen again. The key to the mystery is held by Adam Windsong, who possesses the extraordinary ability to breathe underwater.
From Australia's hottest talents, this dazzling collection of stories will make you think of icy-poles, holidays at the beach, thrumming cicadas, New Year's resolutions, water restrictions, and scorching heat . . .
Here too are tales of sudden death, abandonment, abduction, betrayal, family feuds, and murder. Dip into Scorched for some perfect summer reading.