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Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 Scrublands
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'Set in a fictional Riverina town at the height of a devastating drought, Scrublands is one of the most powerful, compelling and original crime novels to be written in Australia

'In an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself.

'A year later, troubled journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend to write a feature on the anniversary of the tragedy. But the stories he hears from the locals about the priest and incidents leading up to the shooting don't fit with the accepted version of events his own newspaper reported in an award-winning investigation. Martin can't ignore his doubts, nor the urgings of some locals to unearth the real reason behind the priest's deadly rampage.

'Just as Martin believes he is making headway, a shocking new development rocks the town, which becomes the biggest story in Australia. The media descends on Riversend and Martin is now the one in the spotlight. His reasons for investigating the shooting have suddenly become very personal.

'Wrestling with his own demons, Martin finds himself risking everything to discover a truth that becomes darker and more complex with every twist. But there are powerful forces determined to stop him, and he has no idea how far they will go to make sure the town's secrets stay buried.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • In September 2018, it was announced that the book had been optioned for television: no further details available. (See https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/the-new-thirst-for-australian-crime-reads-20180821-p4zyt0.html).

  • Dedication: For Tomoko

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2018 .
      image of person or book cover 8315570537457945024.jpg
      Extent: 496 p.p.
      Description: illus., map
      Reprinted: 2019 (paperback)
      Note/s:
      • Published August 2018.

      ISBN: 9781760632984 (pbk)
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2019 .
      image of person or book cover 6369633971355068214.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 496p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 1st April 2019
      ISBN: 9781760875527

Other Formats

  • Also large print.
  • Also dyslexic edition
  • Also braille.
  • Sound recording.

Works about this Work

Our Twisted Red Heart Garry Disher , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2 November 2019; (p. 22)

'Why has Australian ‘rural noir’ become so popular? Crime novelist Garry Disher investigates'

A Question of Character Stephen Romei , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28 September 2019; (p. 16)

'Crime writer Chris Hammer knows plot matters but he thinks people are even more important, as he tells Stephen Romei' 

A Question of Character Stephen Romei , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28 September 2019; (p. 16)

'Crime writer Chris Hammer knows plot matters but he thinks people are even more important, as he tells Stephen Romei' 

Our Twisted Red Heart Garry Disher , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2 November 2019; (p. 22)

'Why has Australian ‘rural noir’ become so popular? Crime novelist Garry Disher investigates'

Last amended 28 Oct 2019 09:06:39
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  • Riverina - Murray area, New South Wales,
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