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'A haunting, tense, and unforgettable debut.'—Christian White
It’s 1966. Hal and his little brother, newly arrived in Moorabool with their parents, are exploring the creek near their new home when they find the body of a dog.
Not just dead, but recently killed.
Not just killed, but mutilated.
Constable Mick Goodenough, recently demoted from his city job as a detective, is also new in town—and one of his dogs has gone missing. He’s experienced enough to know what it means when someone tortures an animal to death: it means they’re practising. So when Hal’s mother starts getting anonymous calls—a man whistling, then hanging up—Goodenough, alone among the Moorabool cops, takes her seriously.
The question is: will that be enough to keep her safe?
Nostalgic yet clear-eyed, simmering with small-town menace, Greg Woodland’s wildly impressive debut populates the rural Australia of the 1960s with memorable characters and almost unbearable tension.
‘Troubling undercurrents swirl in a tense, seductively involving story of small-town secrets and obsessions.’—Garry Disher
'This may be Greg Woodland’s debut novel, but his career as a screenwriter shows through in the dialogue... Woodland captures the bygone innocence and intimacy of towns like Moorabool, which had a population of under 4000 at the time. Inspired by a true story from the author’s childhood, The Night Whistler follows Constable Mick Goodenough (pronounced ‘good no’), who’s been shunted off to the sticks after a contentious run as a detective in Sydney....[T]his coming-of-age crime tale balances its more gruesome turns with relatable human warmth.'—Books + Publishing