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The Torrent

Dinuka McKenzie

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HARPER360
01 February 2022

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Kate Miles is exhausted. She's a month off having her second child, and there's one more week before she goes on maternity leave from the northern NSW police station where she is the detective sergeant. A violent hold-up to solve is the last thing she wants, but when she is also expected to fob off the grieving mother of a football hero who drowned in an unfortunate and avoidable accident, she is at the end of her tether. But as the mother shares her doubts and suspicions about her daughter-in-law, Kate starts to wonder if it was as simple as an accident… Layered with her investigations, are the memories of the footballer's wife, which gradually reveal the complications of the case. A taut mystery, with believable characters struggling with various issues and attitudes, and dilemmas that lead to heart-breaking consequences for those involved.   Lindy


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A loving husband lost to devastating summer floods. A teenage girl injured during a robbery. Two seemingly unconnected cases that will push a detective to the brink.

An atmospheric, compelling new voice in Australian crime fiction.

In Northern New South Wales, heavily pregnant and a week away from maternity leave, Detective Sergeant Kate Miles is exhausted and counting down the days. But a violent hold-up at a local fast-food restaurant with unsettling connections to her own past, means that her final days will be anything but straightforward.

When a second case is dumped on her lap, the closed case of man drowned in recent summer floods, what begins as a simple informal review quickly grows into something more complicated. Kate can either write the report that's expected of her or investigate the case the way she wants to.

As secrets and betrayals pile up, and the needs of her own family intervene, how far is Kate prepared to push to discover the truth?

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Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   427g
ISBN:   9781460760192
ISBN 10:   1460760190
Pages:   352
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dinuka McKenzie is an Australian writer and book addict. Her debut crime fiction novel, The Torrent, won the HarperCollins Australia 2020 Banjo Prize and will be published in February 2022. Her unpublished manuscript Taken was longlisted for the 2020 Richell Prize. She is represented by Alex Adsett Literary. When not writing, Dinuka works in the environmental sector and volunteers as part of the team behind the Writers Unleashed Festival. She lives in Southern Sydney with her husband, two kids and their pet chicken.

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