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  • Gritty Australian crime novel

    Police officer Joe Cashin is a former homicide detective, recovering from severe injuries incurred on the job in an incident which still haunts him. Posted to a small station in a coastal Victorian town while he recuperates, Cashin's days are spent walking with his dogs, dealing with small crimes and bored locals in a gruff pragmatic fashion, self medicating his pain, and making slow moves to restore an old building on his late grandfather's property where he now lives. That is, until retired businessman and philanthropist, Charles Bourgoyne, is found by his housekeeper assaulted and left for dead on his large estate. Bourgoyne is wealthy and politically connected. The nearest bigger town Police station is staffed by cops with shady pasts tainted with racial bias who quickly throw suspicion on the nearby Aboriginal community. So HQ intervenes to assign the matter to Cashin. The plot unfolds slowly and widens into scandal. The novel traverses grim scenes, horrible crimes and dark themes: money, power, land, race, family, depression, despair, abuse, inequality, justice, fear. This is not a fast-paced fun whodunnit. The focus is more on the characters and scenery than the plot. The dialogue is clipped. The writing is economical, but still the rugged coastline, jagged cliffs and violent seas are vivid throughout. Setting a moody backdrop.

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