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Allen & Unwin
01 October 2019
Fiction & Literature; Crime & mystery; Thriller & suspense; Australian Crime Fiction
Series: Martin Scarsden
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ---- Martin Scarsden, last seen in Scrublands, has finished writing his expose on Riversend and is joining his new partner Mandy in Port Silver. She's inherited a house there but he hasn't told her Port Silver is his childhood town, which he couldn't wait to leave - nor that he knows the property she's been left by her grandmother. When  he arrives at the unit she's rented for the time being, he stumbles across the still warm body of the real estate agent - a former friend - and finds Mandy covered in blood. So starts another gripping page-turner, full of secrets, shenanigans and assorted sordid and shameful events. As Martin reconnects with his past, and grapples with the present, he could be about to muck up his promising future… I read this in one long go, as I couldn’t bear to put it down!  Lindy Jones


For half a lifetime, journalist Martin Scarsden has run from his past. But now there is no escaping.

He'd vowed never to return to his hometown, Port Silver, and its traumatic memories. But now his new partner, Mandy Blonde, has inherited an old house in the seaside town and Martin knows their chance of a new life together won't come again.

Martin arrives to find his best friend from school days has been brutally murdered, and Mandy is the chief suspect. With the police curiously reluctant to pursue other suspects, Martin goes searching for the killer. And finds the past waiting for him.

He's making little progress when a terrible new crime starts to reveal the truth. The media descend on Port Silver, attracted by a story that has it all: sex, drugs, celebrity and religion. Once again, Martin finds himself in the front line of reporting.

Yet the demands of deadlines and his desire to clear Mandy are not enough: the past is ever present.

An enthralling and propulsive thriller from the acclaimed and bestselling author of Scrublands.

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By:   Chris Hammer
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   750g
ISBN:   9781760632991
ISBN 10:   1760632996
Series:   Martin Scarsden
Pages:   576
Publication Date:   01 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Chris Hammer was a journalist for more than thirty years, dividing his career between covering Australian federal politics and international affairs. For many years he was a roving foreign correspondent for SBS TV's flagship current affairs program Dateline. He has reported from more than thirty countries on six continents. In Canberra, roles included chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, current affairs correspondent for SBS TV and a senior political journalist for The Age. His first book, The River, published in 2010 to critical acclaim, was the recipient of the ACT Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award and the Manning Clark House National Cultural Award. Scrublands, his second book, was published in 2018 and was shortlised for Best Debut Fiction at the Indie Book Awards. Chris has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Charles Sturt University and a master's degree in international relations from the Australian National University. He lives in Canberra with his wife, Dr Tomoko Akami. The couple have two children.

  • Long-listed for Best Fiction 2020 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Indie Book Awards 2020 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for General Fiction Book of the Year 2020 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Indie Book Awards 2020 (Australia)

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