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    Thriller with a difference

    First time I’ve read a thriller set in New Zealand. Enjoyed it and the suspense was kept up well and the motive for the killing was certainly a different and unexpected twist. Good to have a woman as the main character. Recommended.
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    Terrific rural noir with a great main character

    Fans of high quality crime fiction won’t be disappointed by this New Zealand fare. Symon wastes no time, immediately stunning readers with an opening-pages haymaker. Who knew the tiny farming town of Mataura could harbour such evil? Soon after, stroppy sole-charge rural cop Sam Shephard finds herself co-ordinating the search for the missing mother, her ex-lover’s wife. Once a body is found, she is left tidying up then investigating the looks-like-suicide drowning. The case is complicated by stroppy Sam’s frequent clashes with authority, her unclear relationship with her ex, and the public and colleagues finger of blame beginning to creep her way. Sam soon feels like a pariah, and finds herself right in the manure (literally in one case) amongst the salt-of-the-earth citizens of small-town Southland. Overkill is an excellent first novel from a highly talented storyteller. Symon nicely balances action, character and story in a well-drawn rural setting, and realistically speckles the book with light-hearted moments and humour throughout. Symon drops Sam right in it and the reader can’t help but be taken along for the ride, willingly and wonderfully.
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