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The Tribute

John Byron

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01 July 2021
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A serial killer is stalking through Sydney, hell-bent on recreating scenes from the Fabrica, the 16th-century foundation text of modern European anatomy. The spate of cold, methodical attacks has the city on edge, but the serial killer may not even be the darkest player in this story.

Desperate for a breakthrough, decorated homicide detective David Murphy draws into the case his art historian sister, Joanna, and his wife, Sylvia. Unravelling the mystery of who is behind the killings pushes each beyond the limits of what they thought possible.

The Tribute is a subversive take on modern masculinity and misogyny told through an irresistible crime narrative. Dark and unpredictable, chilling but sympathetic, it weaves a tapestry of narrative threads towards a mesmerizing climax that will challenge the way you think about everyone you meet. Meticulously researched, hugely ambitious and superbly crafted, The Tribute is the most outstanding crime novel of 2021.
By:   John Byron
Imprint:   Affirm Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   540g
ISBN:   9781922419859
ISBN 10:   1922419850
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   01 July 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John Byron is a Brisbane based writer and academic. He has worked in higher education and research administration and policy for two decades in a variety of capacities, as well as serving on numerous sector and government bodies. He co-edited the academic work Anatomies of Violence (University of Sydney), and his writing has appeared in The Australian, Campus Review, Meanjin, Cultural Studies and The Conversation, The Australian Book Review, Rip It Up and Time Out. The Tribute is his first novel.

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