Born in Cornwall in the UK in 1961, Masterson emigrated to Australia in 1968, and has moved between the two countries ever since. He has been a journalist since 1984, writing about music, popular culture, design, arts and television, as well as covering hard news stories. Masterson has also worked as an actor, a second-rate musician and once spent several years as a human statue outside nightclubs in Melbourne and Perth to attract patrons. John the Baptist was his favourite impersonation. His hobbies include drinking and playing pool. After his first novel, The Last Days, won the 2000 Ned Kelly Award for best first novel, Masterson became the first Australian novelist ever invited to address the prestigious Noir In Festival in Courmayeur, Italy. Interview in Delos, an Italian sci fi e-magazine: http://www.delos.fantascienza.com/international/?5512
Joe Panther is a man with many secrets. Dangerous secrets. He is a drug dealer. He is a killer. He is a private investigator. Above all, he is the messiah, fallen on hard times.
When a young woman is found crucified and decapitated in a melbounre inner-city church, the police suspect the local priest, a man with dark secrets of hiis own. The priest hires Panther to clear his name.
Soon Panther becomes both the hunter and the hunted.Nothing is as it seems-not even, perhaps, Panther's own sense of self.