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Black River

Matthew Spencer



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Allen & Unwin
01 June 2022

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A long hot smoke-filled summer becomes more horrifying when a young woman's body is found. She is the victim of a murderer nicknamed the Blue Moon Killer, who has picking on girls in the vicinity of the Parramatta River. Adam Bowman, a journalist who is often overlooked, grew up on the grounds of an exclusive school where the latest victim's body has been discovered, and this is enough for his boss to send him there to report on the scene. It's not long before he becomes known to the detectives on the case, in particular DS Rose Riley, nor is it long before he has his own theories - and time is ticking, because the killer is poised to strike again... A compulsively readable crime novel, with the added bonus of the Sydney setting making it all very visual to local readers!  Lindy

A long, burning summer in Sydney. A young woman found murdered in the deserted grounds of an elite boarding school. A serial killer preying on victims along the banks of the Parramatta River. A city on edge.

Adam Bowman, a battling journalist who grew up as the son of a teacher at Prince Albert College, might be the only person who can uncover the links between the school murder and the 'Blue Moon Killer'. But he will have to go into the darkest places of his childhood to piece together the clues. Detective Sergeant Rose Riley, meanwhile, is part of the taskforce desperately trying to find the killer before he strikes again. Adam Bowman's excavation of his past might turn out to be Rose's biggest trump card or it may bring the whole investigation crashing down, and put her own life in danger.

Taut, suspenseful and utterly compelling, Black River is the best thriller you'll read this year.

'A meticulous, propulsive thriller with a cast of standout characters and intriguing setting. I could not stop reading it.' SARAH BAILEY

'Sharply plotted and relentlessly paced, it kept me guessing until the last page.' MICHAEL ROBOTHAM

'Propulsive and intricate. A gritty Sydney comes to life in Matthew Spencer's compelling cast of characters. A crime thriller that is absolutely not to be missed.' HAYLEY SCRIVENOR

'Black River hooked me and wouldn't let me go. You're going to want to read this one with all the lights on.' TIM AYLIFFE

'Dark, gritty, tense, atmospheric. I loved Black River.' CANDICE FOX

Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   438g
ISBN:   9781761066184
ISBN 10:   1761066188
Pages:   360
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Matthew Spencer grew up on the grounds of the King's School in Parramatta, as the son of a teacher who lived permanently in school housing there. Long summers on the largely deserted campus while exploring the remnant bush with its tributary of the Parramatta River inspired this novel. Matthew was a journalist and editor for The Australian newspaper for many years before leaving his job to work full-time on Black River.

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