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Winner of a Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel
Charlie Jardim has just trashed his legal career in a spectacular courtroom meltdown, and his girlfriend has finally left him. So when a charitable colleague slings him a prosecution brief that will take him to the remote coastal town of Dauphin, Charlie reluctantly agrees that the sea air might be good for him.
The case is a murder. The victim was involved in the illegal abalone trade and the even more illegal drug trade. And the witnesses aren’t talking. And as Dauphin closes ranks around him, Charlie is about to find his interest in the law powerfully reignited.
“A gripping work of literary suspense that blends tense courtroom drama with tight-lipped witnesses and brooding small-town strangeness.”—Kill Your Darlings
“A very engaging, and extremely realistic debut novel.”—Reviewing the Evidence
“Serong writes pithy, pin-sharp dialogue…As the revelations accelerate, Serong is able to combine both narrative pace and those extra moments of humanity that a character needs to become real.”—Crime Time
“An elegant writer who can move effortlessly from laugh out-loud funny to elegiac to downright touching.”—Crime Review
“Serong is a talented storyteller.”—Booklist (The Rules of Backyard Cricket)
“Exciting and relevant.”—Washington Post (On the Java Ridge)
“Devastatingly brilliant.”—Shelf Awareness (On the Java Ridge)