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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 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 This novel was commended in the 2014 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.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.

`Stephen Greenall's Winter Traffic unveils murder and corruption in Sydney with a poetic, Temple-esque lyricism.' * Toni Jordan, Sydney Morning Herald's Year in Reading * `By the end of the opening chapter, four people are dead, one is traumatised and another has signed his own death warrant. An absorbing tale of corruption and crime in Sydney unfolds at a frenetic clip.' * Qantas The Australian Way * `An experiment in both style and language, this is a literary detective novel that goes well beyond the usual parameters...The story will keep the readers guessing until the end.' * Good Reading * `Greenall creates a plausible story of corruption, professional ambition and summary justice, where compromise is the primary ethical status of actors in a troubled moral order...Winter Traffic is a book that shows potential and rewards the reader.' * Australian * `This lyrically written novel takes the reader on a dark ride through the sordid underbelly of the glittering harbour city.' * Canberra Times * 'This is a carefully crafted book. There are rich passages of sharply witty dialogue that have their own inner grim humour. And the author is saying something about the relationship of modern Australian cosmopolitan life to its early roots in violence, but beyond that, of the basic primitiveness of human behaviour: tribal, violent, power-driven, gender-based...An impressive first novel.' * Otago Daily Times * `Stephen Greenall's Winter Traffic takes hardboiled crime and gives it a literary twist...And, as this Sydney demimonde of rock stars and bikies, hidden vices and cops gone bad resolves into view, you can't help noticing Greenall's prose has real teeth. It's much more jagged and alive than most writing in the genre.' * Sydney Morning Herald * 'Winter Traffic is lyrical, rhythmic and frequently poetic...It is a story of simple truths bound in complexity, a story as fresh and colloquial as it is ancient and universal. I have read some strikingly original fiction in my time but Stephen Greenall's debut stands out amongst them.' * Booklover Book Reviews * `An edgy, hard-nosed thriller set in a Sydney luminous from the outside and dark within, held together by corruption, money, and revenge. Read this one in dim lighting with a hard drink in your hand.' * Readings * `Emotions run high throughout the novel and the language, like the characterisation, is extravagant, often melodic, reminiscent here of the poems of Ern Malley, falling into the rhythms of Banjo Paterson...the book rewards by its very oddity, its driving rhythms and the audacious language in which it frames it complex plot.' * SA Weekend * `The publishers assert Stephen Greenall is in the tradition of Peter Temple, but the real resemblance is that mad dog of mayhem and murder James Ellroy...His style is nothing if not energised. It is slick with the sweat of its own throbbing enthusiasm. A sort of heroic poetry, a bit like the wobbling camera in a Michael Mann film.' * Saturday Paper * `Sydney's underbelly has been exposed before in crime fiction, but Greenall's visceral verse gives the genre an eloquent kick in the guts.' * Herald Sun * `Greenall has created a fast-paced tale with an original plot whose twists and turns keep the reader guessing while remaining wholly believable. The intricacies of the plot will stay in the mind of the reader long after the last page is turned.' * BookMooch * `The strangeness of timelines and darkly evocative language is drawing me deeper into its spell. Set in Sydney, the writing is akin to muscular Nick Cave-esque lyrics telling of high-class escorts in eastern suburbs brothels, bikies and laconic tough-guys nursing broken hearts. One for the dark poets.' * Abbey's Bookshop * An extraordinary and unique voice...a miracle of imagination. -- Charles Waterstreet 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

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