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Winter Traffic

Stephen Greenall


Text Publishing Company

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


416 pages

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— When you read a debut novel, very often what you are getting is the full force of the author’s imagination and personality - incubated sometimes for years and unencumbered by expectations and prior convictions.

From the opening chapters of Stephen Greenall’s first novel, the strangeness of timelines and darkly evocative language draws me deeper into its spell. A story of Sydney’s glossy veneer abutting its criminal underbelly. Sin City. The writing is of the highest calibre - a muscular, lyrical telling of high-class escorts in eastern suburbs brothels, bikies, dead judges, vendettas, fading hero cops and laconic tough-guys nursing broken hearts. This is a novel where the mood that is evoked plays as large a role as, or perhaps even greater than, the plotline. It's a love letter to the city of Sydney - its beauty and its flaws.

A truly superb debut. One for the dark poets. Craig Kirchner


Sutton doesn't like the three a.m. phone calls. He should change his number - that way Rawson wouldn't have it. Sutton's best mate is a hero cop, but strife flows through him like a highway.

Rawson was supposed to die young. Maybe Millar will do it for him - she's the hot young detective from Internal who still thinks intellect and integrity will take her places. If she doesn't watch her step, she might find out what they are.

This is the story of good dogs living in a bad-news town - a fragrant harbour city where the judges are dead, the vendettas lively and every glittering fortune hides a sin.

An epic novel of corruption, murder and the true nature of justice, Winter Traffic announces the arrival of a compelling new voice among Australian writers.
Greenall's writing has appeared in Overland and he won the 2014 NSW Writers Centre Varuna Fellowship. This novel was commended in the 2014 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

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By:   Stephen Greenall
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 34mm
Weight:   510g
ISBN:   9781925355628
ISBN 10:   1925355624
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   January 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stephen Greenall was born in Moree in 1976. His writing has appeared in Overland and he won the 2014 NSW Writers Centre Varuna Fellowship. Winter Traffic is his first novel and was commended in the 2014 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

Australian literary crime fiction has a new and lethal gunslinger in Stephen Greenall. His tough but lyrical sentences fire off the page like shotgun shrapnel, and his turns of phrase upend the genre. Winter Traffic is utterly original in every respect, from its structure to its subject matter to Greenall's ingenious prose, the narrative casting the most vile human acts and motivations in an eerie beauty, the sentences tracing through the book like raw nerves. And nobody has ever written about the dark side of Sydney in this way. After Winter Traffic, you will see the Emerald City cast in a new, and disturbing, light. -- Matthew Condon An extraordinary and unique voice...a miracle of imagination. -- Charles Waterstreet

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