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The Second Son

Loraine Peck



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Text Publishing Company
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

'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 * 'Outstanding...a gripping whodunnit. Original and straight from the heart.' * Kate London, author of Gallowstree Lane * 'Tight and tense, The Second Son is a wonderfully sharp-toothed crime thriller.' * Christian White * 'Compelling and gritty, at its heart this crime thriller is also the He says/She says tale of a marriage disintegrating under a Molotov cocktail of toxic masculinity and family honour. Hi-octane, brutal, raw and emotional, this is one striking crime debut.' * Greg Woodland, author of The Night Whistler. * 'A tense, sinuous, fast-moving debut where hard answers are given to questions of honour and justice.' * Garry Disher * 'Loraine Peck's debut novel is as relentless as headlights following you at night, full of spark, simmering violence and outright gang bloodshed.' * Books+Publishing * 'The novel snaps along at a cracking pace, [and] is filled with sharply drawn and complex characters...Disturbing, fresh, and thoroughly entertaining.' * Meredith Jaffe * '[A]n engaging read...Peck writes well on all narrative levels: the background, the action, and the personal relationships, which are tender and convincing.' * Australian * 'Have you ever read a book and imagined it as a gripping, 10-episode Australian crime drama? The Second Son is like that: action-packed, full of surprises, and with enough family tension to keep you hooked with every chapter.' * Readings * 'Don't start this book late at night. You will not be able to put it down. Fast-paced, great characters, evil plot and a shocking twist right at the end-what more could a crime fan want?' * Herald Sun * 'A brilliant action-packed crime debut.' * Avenue Bookstore * 'Impressive...Loraine Peck gives us a fast-paced gangland thriller...[T]he women are the real strength here.' * Sydney Morning Herald * 'This is a cracking read and I was reeled in from the first chapter. The characters are strong and pitch perfect, as the story is revealed in alternating chapters between Johnny and Amy. The plot is action-packed and compelling, and I struggled to put it down, bargaining with myself for 'one more page'. With overtones of The Godfather, these of family dynamics, conflict and expectations are explored with insight and nuance...exciting new voice on the Australian crime writing landscape.' * Good Reading *

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