This is the story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty minutes later lay dead in a watch-house cell.
In a small town near Port Arthur in Tasmania in the mid-nineties, Kate Byrne is having an affair with the father of her most gifted student. Kate becomes fixated on the unsolved crime of passion that occurred years earlier, less and less aware of her own reputation in the present. Is it her imagination, or is someone stalking her?
About the Author
Chloe Hooper attended Lauriston Girls' School before commencing a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University. She studied creative writing at New York's Columbia University under a Fulbright Scholarship.
To be brutally honest, this is one of those books that I've known I should have read, and yet I've been very very leery of doing so. The subject matter is uncomfortable, the events confronting.
It's not good enough to shy away because the truth is uncomfortable.
From the Blurb:
At a fantastic night out and ceremony last night the Sisters in Crime 2009 Davitt Award winners were announced, wined, dined, feted and photographed.
The nights festivities were highlighted by a chat between Sue Turnbull and Justice Elizabeth King of the Supreme Court of Victoria, some fabulous food and 130+ Sisters in Crime and Brothers in Law turning out on a cold Melbourne night to celebrate some absolutely fantastic authors and books.
But without further ado - the winners of the categories in the order they were announced:
THE BUILD UP - Phillip Gwynne
Pan Macmillan - Scheduled for release 1 August, 2008
For Detective Dusty Buchanon, a female cop in the very male world of the Northern Territory Police Force, it always pays to expect the unexpected. When the body of a young Thai prostitute is found in a billabong near a camp of disaffected Vietnam Veterans, Dusty knows this is what she's been looking for – a spectacular case to get her back on top after the debacle of an infamous British backpacker murder trial that almost destroyed her career.