Matthew Lui sees his parents gunned down on a lonely Sydney backstreet. The killer, a young woman, stares him in the face before fleeing the scene. When the police arrive, all they find is the discarded gun. Who is the young woman? How can she have disappeared into thin air?
Paul Harrigan is a top cop who has survived the corruption and political manoeuvrings of the NSW Police. So far ...
Two years have passed since top cop Paul Harrigan walked away from the New South Wales Police Force to be his own man. Since then his life has been a gift, and his home with his partner Agent Grace Riordan and their daughter a sanctuary.
When a trafficked sex worker is found brutally murdered in Sydney bushland, it should be just work for Grace. But the murder is too savage. And someone is watching them - perhaps Harrigan's old enemies, who want their pound of flesh.
About the Author
Alex Palmer was born in London in 1952. Her father abandoned her family when she was very young and they left England when she was five to live variously in South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia, arriving in Sydney in the late 1960s. Here, she studied English literature and language at Macquarie University and later sat for a postgraduate Diploma in information management at the University of New South Wales.
The list of nominees for the 2010 Davitt Awards has now been released. More wonderful reading to catch up on!
* Marks the ones I've had the good fortune to read so far.
Allen & Unwin - Sharp Shooter by Marianne Delacourt *
Allen & Unwin - Forbidden Fruit by Kerry Greenwood *
Allen & Unwin - Red Dust by Fleur McDonald
Arcadia - Steel River by Antoinette Eklund
This is the third book from Alex Palmer - her second book The Tattooed Man won the Canberra Critics Circle Award, the first book Blood Redemption won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel, the Canberra Critics Circle Award for Literature and the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award.
From the Blurb:
Two years have passed since top cop Paul Harrigan walked away from the New South Wales Police Force to be his ownman. Since then his life has been a gift, and his home with his partner Agent Grace Riordan and their daughter a sanctuary.
Another of the long listed nominees for this year's Neds is Alex Palmer's second book - The Tattooed Man
"The dead sat at the table like those who are about to eat but never will. Dinner plants set before them contained a meal left untouched. Their rested mouths, their closed eyes, the unshifting weight of their bodies, had a finality beyond waking."