Writer and author Cathy Cole received widespread critical acclaim for her first crime novel, Dry Dock, which introduces the sassy PI, Nicola Sharpe, and was short listed for the Ned Kelly Award. Her next book, Skindeep, continues this series and has also been shortlisted for a Ned Kelly Award. A lecturer (creative writing and politics) at the University of Technology and Sydney College of the Arts, Cathy Cole has just been awarded two major writing fellowships in Vietnam and Paris (later this year) for a literary work based on a French family in Hanoi. As well as her published works of short stories and poetry, Cathy is a regular speaker and contributor to literary events, radio and workshops. She has had over ten years work experience in training and EEO in government and education. She currently lives in Balmain and spent six years in Melbourne where she started writing her first novel Dry Dock.
Balmain, once the industrial, blue-collar engine room of Sydney, is being transformed. The older locals are being squeezed out by the cashed-up developers and hungry young professionals keen for a town house near the city. Water views add value ... but are they worth killing for?
Enter Nicola Sharpe, a twenty-nine-year-old private investigator. She's lived in Balmain all her life and is worried about what's happening in her suburb. When a friend of her father's suspects major union fraud then disappears, and a local resident suffers repeated threats and vandalism, Nicola realises that something is very, very wrong. On Cockatoo Island, an evil secret is about to surface.
Dry Dock was nominated for a Ned Kelly Award.