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The Second Son

Loraine Peck

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02 February 2021
'A modern-day Godfather.'

THE SECOND SON, a brilliant action-packed crime novel from debut crime-writer Loraine Peck, takes us inside an Australian gangland family and creates a world where honour is everything, violence is its own language, and love means breaking all the rules.

Described by Anna Downes as 'a modern-day Godfather', The Second Son is the perfect offering for dedicated crime readers and those of us who love nothing more than bingeing on an edge-of-your-seat crime series on Netflix or SBS On Demand. Readers will be glued to the pages as they're transported to the streets of Western Sydney just as a violent murder triggers a gang war.

Duty always has a price.

When Ivan Novak is shot dead putting out his garbage bins in Sydney's west, his family wants revenge, especially his father Milan, a notorious crime boss. It's a job for the second son, Ivan's younger brother Johnny. But Johnny loves his wife Amy and their son Sasha. And she's about to deliver her ultimatum- either the three of them escape this wave of killing or she'll leave, taking Sasha.

Torn between loyalty to his family and love for his wife, Johnny plans the heist of a lifetime and takes a huge risk. Is he prepared to pay the price? And what choice will Amy make?

THE SECOND SON is a brilliant action-packed crime debut that creates a world where honour is everything, violence is its own language, and love means breaking all the rules.

By:   Loraine Peck
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 35mm
Weight:   614g
ISBN:   9781922330437
ISBN 10:   1922330434
Pages:   464
Publication Date:   02 February 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Loraine Peck has worked as a painter, magician's assistant, croupier, bartender, sales manager and marketing director in Australia, the Middle East, Asia and the US. After attending a couple of inspirational writing courses, she fulfilled her ambition to write a thriller. THE SECOND SON is her first novel. She lives in Sydney and on the Gold Coast.

Reviews for The Second Son

'Outstanding...a gripping whodunnit. Original and straight from the heart.' * Kate London, author of Gallowstree Lane * 'At first glance, The Second Son is a modern-day Godfather that paints a brutal, bullet-ridden picture of gang warfare in Sydney's western suburbs. Look again, and it's a compelling exploration of inherited trauma and the endless cycle of violence. Get right up close and it's a tender story of fear, love and-ultimately-hope. A sharp and striking debut.' * Anna Downes *


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