Mary-Rose MacColl (1961-) grew up and lives in Brisbane. She has a degree in journalism and was the first graduate of the University of Queensland's Master of Arts in Creative Writing. She has worked as a cadet journalist , assistant nurse and photocopier operator before spending 15 years in higher education as an administrator and corporate writer. Mary-Rose teaches writing part-time and chaired the 1998 Brisbane Writer's Festival. Her first novel, No Safe Place, was the 1995 runner-up in the Australian/Vogel Literary Award.
Killing Superman is a novel of betrayals, love, family grief and the effects of war. Scott's father has been pronounced dead. His sister believes it's him so why can't Scott? An intimate and stunning portrayal of a father-son relationship.
He swings his right arm forward, a brief flick of the wrist so we see the Rolex Oyster watch, and takes up that unmistakable confidence of gait. He moves from the hips, legs forward, arms swinging, head high, and I know that marching that soldier s march towards me is my soldier father, who I haven't seen since I was fourteen, and at whose funeral I couldn't cry because I was so sure he wasn't dead.
Now in his thirties in Brisbane, Scott Goodwin has spent half his life chasing a shadow superman, believing his apparently dead father is alive somewhere. Scott meets journalist Emily Duval who might help him. But Emily has shadows of her own. When Scott sees his father on a beach in the south of France, he must confront the truth, about his father and about Emily.