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The Night Whistler

Greg Woodland



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Text Publishing Company
04 August 2020
Are you lonesome tonight... It's 1966. Hal and his little brother, newly arrived in Moorabool with their parents, are exploring the creek near their new home when they find the body of a dog.

Not just dead, but recently killed.

Not just killed, but mutilated.

Constable Mick Goodenough, recently demoted from his city job as a detective, is also new in town-and one of his dogs has gone missing. He's experienced enough to know what it means when someone tortures an animal to death- it means they're practising. So when Hal's mother starts getting anonymous calls-a man whistling, then hanging up-Goodenough, alone among the Moorabool cops, takes her seriously.

The question is- will that be enough to keep her safe?

Nostalgic yet clear-eyed, simmering with small-town menace, Greg Woodland's wildly impressive debut populates the rural Australia of the 1960s with memorable characters and almost unbearable tension.

By:   Greg Woodland
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   531g
ISBN:   9781922330093
ISBN 10:   1922330094
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   04 August 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Greg Woodland is an author, screenwriter and director. Since 2000 he's worked as a freelance script editor and consultant for film funding bodies and the Australian Writers' Guild. The Night Whistler is his first novel.

Reviews for The Night Whistler

'Woodland's writing is vivid, both his descriptions and his characters come alive. I could smell the heat, taste the dust, hear the voices. I knew, well before I reached the end of the first chapter, that I was onto a winner. The plot is enthralling...I was riveted by this story. Gritty and honest. And I want more.' * Sandy's Book A Day * 'A good yarn...What it does particularly well is establish itself in a certain era where it is easy enough to imagine that rural policing did not involve a lot of sensitivity in its execution.' * AustCrime * 'A ripping thriller that ties you to the characters and gets you emotionally embedded. You'll fly through it because you'll have to.' * My Bookshop * 'It is hard to believe that The Night Whistler is a debut novel. Greg Woodland's experience in screenwriting shines from this text, from effortlessly evocative scene depiction to superb characterisation....I found [it] impossible to put down.' * Booklover Book Reviews * 'The Night Whistler fits neatly in the growing body of Australian gothic noir. Screenwriter Woodland brings a reality to this small country town...This is an assured debut and is part of another strong year for new voices in Australian crime fiction.' * Pile by the Bed * 'A tense, evocative trip into the past.' * Readings * 'An impressive first outing, and one that we hope builds in a series.' * Herald Sun * 'This coming-of-age crime tale balances its more gruesome turns with relatable human warmth.' * Books+Publishing * 'A haunting, tense and unforgettable debut.' * Christian White * 'Troubling undercurrents swirl in a seductively involving story of small-town secrets and obsessions.' * Garry Disher *

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