Noel Beddoe worked as a high school principle for 20 years including 12 years as principal at the Warrawong High School (Wollongong) which inspired the events of this novel. His published works include five books of fiction for teenagers, the novels The Yalda Crossing (UQP, 2012) and Autumn, the memoir Dad and Me, as well as short fiction, poetry and journalism.
When a teenage boy is killed in a targeted shooting, the events that unfold rock the lives of the migrant families of Cringila. School friends Jimmy and Piggy have witnessed the violent crime, but need to protect their fledgling drug business.
After seasoned police detective Gordon Winter is assigned the murder case, his investigations uncover long-buried secrets and an entrenched culture of loyalty and fear.
On Cringila Hill weaves a gripping story of power, racial tensions and blood ties in a once-vibrant industrial community.