Phillip Gwynne was born in Melbourne, but his family (including seven siblings) soon moved to South Australia. In 1999, Phillip won the Victorian Premier's Literary award for Young Adult Fiction with his first YA novel, DEADLY, UNNA? Phillip has worked at a number of jobs including computer programming in Europe, teaching in Thailand and counting fish in Brazil. Approaching the age of forty, and having tried just about everything else, he decided to start writing.
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.
During the stifling pre-monsoon season known as The Build Up, a body is found in a billabong near a Vietnam veterans' camp site. To Dusty it's the chance she's been looking for: a spectacular case to revive her flagging career.