Gary Disher was born in 1949 and grew up on his parents' farm in South Australia. He gained post graduate degrees from Adelaide and Melbourne Universities. In 1978 he was awarded a creative writing fellowship to Stanford University, where he wrote his first short story collection. He travelled widely overseas, before returning to Australia, where he taught creative writing, finally becoming a full time writer in 1988. He has written more than 40 titles, including general and crime fiction, children's books, textbooks, and books about the craft of writing.
The neat suburban homes of the peninsula seem like an improbable setting for sex parties, blackmail and murder. Winter is closing in on the coastal community of Waterloo, and behind closed doors its residents have some peculiar ways of keeping warm. When Detective Inspector Hal Challis is called to investigate the brutal murder of Janine McQuarrie - shot in a deserted country lane while her seven-year-old daughter looks on - his progress is hampered by a web of lies and secrets. It doesn't help that Janine's father-in-law is Challis's superior - bureaucrat, golfer and toady Superintendent McQuarrie - the Waterloo coppers battle personal and political agendas from all sides. Everybody has something to hide, something to lose. And someone in Waterloo is determined to kill again.