ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The title for Matt Nable's latest novel, STILL, comes from the turmoil that surrounds Senior Constable Ned Potter, at work and at home, from which he catches glimpses of quiet as he gazes out over the water. Set in Darwin in 1963, Nable captures the salt air, the warm sea breeze, the stifling heat as well as the heavy drinking culture of the time - I hope they've since eased off a bit! This is a well-paced mystery that will satisfy all who've been enjoying the Australian crime fiction boom of recent years from Jane Harper, Chris Hammer, Gary Disher, Christian White, ...and the list goes on! And some of you may already be aware of Matt's immersive performance in the movie adaptation of The Dry (an excellent adaptation - a future classic). Craig Kirchner
Darwin, Summer, 1963.
The humidity sat heavy and thick over the town as Senior Constable Ned Potter looked down at a body that had been dragged from the shallow marshland. He didn't need a coroner to tell him this was a bad death. He didn't know then that this was only the first. Or that he was about to risk everything looking for answers.
Late one night, Charlotte Clark drove the long way home, thinking about how stuck she felt, a 23-year-old housewife, married to a cowboy who wasn't who she thought he was. The days ahead felt suffocating, living in a town where she was supposed to keep herself nice and wait for her husband to get home from the pub. Charlotte stopped the car, stepped out to breathe in the night air and looked out over the water to the tangled mangroves. She never heard a sound before the hand was around her mouth.
Both Charlotte and Ned are about to learn that the world they live in is full of secrets and that it takes courage to fight for what is right. But there are people who will do anything to protect themselves and sometimes courage is not enough to keep you safe.
STILL is an evocative, page-turning thriller from a brilliant Australian writer. If you loved THE DRY and SCRUBLANDS, you will love STILL.