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Issue Details: First known date: 2006 2006
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Gav's a dope-grower - the best gear in Sydney - and he's connected to the local kingpin, Biggsy. But it's a world that's starting to bore him stupid. Then he gets a hysterical call from Julie, his girlfriend, saying his best friend Wayne has her at knifepoint and is threatening to rape her if he doesn't come round with $10 000. Wayne is insane, a speed addict from hell. Gav doesn't know it, but Wayne and Julie have been sleeping together and the phone call is the start of a plot to get their hands on Gav's stash: his money and his dope. When Gav turns up, Wayne goes ballistic and beats him to a pulp. He and Julie race out west from Sydney in Gav's car - further and further into the bush, till all they get is red dust and barred-up towns, suspicion and madness. Gav's heart is broken, his nose has been beaten into his face, his business is destroyed, and all he can think of is revenge - on the both of them. Lucky he's met one of Biggsy's debt collectors who boasts of the hits he's done. Trouble is he's never actually killed anyone. But for $10 000 he'll give it a go. No worries. What unravels is a wild saga of out-of-control speed freaks; pig-shooting drug parties; a schizophrenic hitman, lecherous hippies, appalling violence, and a disturbing and gripping insight into a horrible but strangely compelling and hilarious world beyond the city limits. (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: For May, with love.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage , 2006 .
      Extent: 249p.
      ISBN: 1741664764, 9781741664768

Works about this Work

In Short Peter Pierce , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 1 August vol. 124 no. 6531 2006; (p. 69)

— Review of Cricket Kings William McInnes 2006 single work novel ; Stranger Stephen Smith 2006 single work novel
In Short : Fiction Rory Dufficy , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2-3 September 2006; (p. 34)

— Review of Stranger Stephen Smith 2006 single work novel
In Short Peter Pierce , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 1 August vol. 124 no. 6531 2006; (p. 69)

— Review of Cricket Kings William McInnes 2006 single work novel ; Stranger Stephen Smith 2006 single work novel
In Short : Fiction Rory Dufficy , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2-3 September 2006; (p. 34)

— Review of Stranger Stephen Smith 2006 single work novel
Last amended 16 Oct 2006 08:15:45
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