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The Community

Christine Gregory

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Ultimo Press
26 June 2024
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Paradise has a price


A murder. A disappearance. A sinister network.


Steels Creek is an idyllic retreat in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. It’s a place where everyone knows their neighbours and no one locks their doors. Investigative journalist Lars Nilsson has moved to the settlement for a quiet life, leaving behind a public fall from grace and the crime reporting he was once feted for. 


But when a body is found floating in a nearby waterhole and hours later his best friend’s daughter is reported missing, Lars is compelled to investigate, putting him back in the crosshairs of police. What he finds may not only destroy his tight-knit community but also the life he has worked so hard to rebuild.

  Fast-paced and thrilling, The Community is about fatherhood, family ties and redemption, told through the eyes of a man struggling to make peace with his past. 


‘The Community is an intricate, compelling crime drama set against a distinctive Australian backdrop. This addictive drama packs an emotional punch and will keep readers gripped until the heart-thumping end.’ – Sarah Bailey, author of The Housemate


‘In the heart of The Community everyone harbours a past, but not everyone has a future. Complex and compelling. In a place where everyone knows your name, how well do you know your neighbour?’ – R.W.R. McDonald, author of The Nancys

‘Irresistible.’ – Adrian Hyland, author of The Wiregrass

Imprint:   Ultimo Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781761153396
ISBN 10:   1761153390
Pages:   336
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Christine Gregory is an Australian writer of crime and general fiction. An earlier version of The Community, was runner up for the 2022 Banjo Prize. Christine has previously been shortlisted in the Sisters in Crime, Scarlett Stiletto Awards. Christine is a former international aid worker and now works as a Director in a national-not for-profit, working on the prevention of violence against women and children. She lives and works in Naarm (Melbourne) with her husband and two children.    

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