The Second Son

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Pub Date 10 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 13 Nov 2022

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Winner, Best Debut Crime Fiction, Ned Kelly Awards, Australian Crime Writers Association, 2021

When Ivan Novak is shot dead putting out his garbage bins in Sydney’s west, his family wants revenge, especially his father Milan, a notorious crime boss. It’s a job for the second son, Ivan’s younger brother Johnny.

But Johnny loves his wife Amy and their son Sasha. And she’s about to deliver her ultimatum: either the three of them escape this wave of killing or she’ll leave, taking Sasha.

Torn between loyalty to his family and love for his wife, Johnny plans the heist of a lifetime and takes a huge risk. Is he prepared to pay the price? And what choice will Amy make?

Now in a striking B format edition, The Second Son is a brilliant action-packed crime debut that creates a world where honour is everything, violence is its own language, and love means breaking all the rules...


Winner, Best Debut Crime Fiction, Ned Kelly Awards, Australian Crime Writers Association, 2021

When Ivan Novak is shot dead putting out his garbage bins in Sydney’s west, his family wants revenge...


Advance Praise

A sharp and striking debut.’ —Anna Downes

‘Dark, gritty, and full of deliciously complex characters.’ —Candice Fox

‘Tight and tense, The Second Son is a wonderfully sharp-toothed crime thriller.’ —Christian White

‘A tense, sinuous, fast-moving debut where hard answers are given to questions of honour and justice.’ —Garry Disher

‘Impressive…Loraine Peck gives us a fast-paced gangland thriller…[T]he women are the real strength here.’ —Sydney Morning Herald

‘[A]n engaging read…Peck writes well on all narrative levels: the background, the action, and the personal relationships, which are tender and convincing.’ —Australian

‘Don’t start this book late at night. You will not be able to put it down. Fast-paced, great characters, evil plot and a shocking twist right at the end—what more could a crime fan want?’ —Herald Sun

‘Have you ever read a book and imagined it as a gripping, 10-episode Australian crime drama? The Second Son is like that: action-packed, full of surprises, and with enough family tension to keep you hooked with every chapter.’ —Readings

A sharp and striking debut.’ —Anna Downes

‘Dark, gritty, and full of deliciously complex characters.’ —Candice Fox

‘Tight and tense, The Second Son is a wonderfully sharp-toothed crime thriller.’...


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ISBN 9781922458971
PRICE A$22.99 (AUD)

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