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Darkness Runs Deep

Claire McNeel

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01 February 2024
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In the darkest hour, a blood-soaked teenager flees the rural Gerandaroo football oval.

Eight months later, Bess, a young teacher, returns home to Gerandaroo. A childhood game of dare with her former best friend forces Bess to form a women's footy team to play against Denby, a rival town. Bess reluctantly recruits players, but the team has to contend with hostile locals - including Bess's own father. Will this help the small community to come back together - or will it be the final thing that blows everything apart?

As tensions in the town boil over, so too do resentments and secrets and violence that have been previously held tight and close.

Fiercely told and breathlessly compelling, Darkness Runs Deep is a striking new Australian crime novel about the best and worst of who we are.

Imprint:   Macmillan
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   402g
ISBN:   9781761268212
ISBN 10:   176126821X
Pages:   350
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Claire McNeel was raised in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne by a football loving family, who placed her on the MCC waiting list when she was six weeks old. Her great-grandfather Archie played for Carlton in the early 1900s, and she is a fourth generation Melbourne Demons supporter/sufferer. Currently employed as a sessional academic, her educational background includes a Bachelor of Nursing, a Bachelor of Psychology, and a PhD in Neuroscience. Claire was awarded an Australian Government research training scholarship in 2015 and regrets that her publication history only extends to academic journals.

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