by Dinuka McKenzie
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Pub Date 28 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 18 Sep 2023
What deadly secrets have been swept away by the flood?
In Northern New South Wales, heavily pregnant and a week away from maternity leave, Detective Sergeant Kate Miles is exhausted and counting down the days. But a violent hold-up at a local fast-food restaurant with unsettling connections to her own past, means that her final days will be anything but straightforward.
When a second case is dumped on her lap, the closed case of a man drowned in recent summer floods, what begins as a simple informal review quickly grows into something more complicated. Kate can either write the report that's expected of her or investigate the case the way she wants to.
As secrets and betrayals pile up, and the needs of her own family intervene, how far is Kate prepared to push to discover the truth?
The Torrent is tense and atmospheric Australian crime at its best. Perfect for fans of Jane Harper and Chris Hammer.
‘Dinuka McKenzie has crafted an accomplished first novel that’s superbly plotted, has an interesting small-town setting and is elevated by its refreshing heroine and a fascinating supporting cast. Having won the Banjo Prize prior to publication, The Torrent may mark the birth of a new star in Aussie crime.’ Craig Sisterson, NZ Listener
‘A stunning crime debut worthy of local and overseas accolades... McKenzie paints a detailed and eminently relatable picture of modern Australian country life, while populating it with a sympathetic, if ultimately flawed cast of characters … The Torrent reads like the work of a well-established author of long-standing, and will inevitably leave its readers with one annoyingly unscratchable itch – the urge to read the many preceding volumes, which, sadly, don’t exist, at least as yet.’ ArtsHub
‘[A] soaring and expertly executed debut … Dinuka McKenzie has written a searingly intelligent, engrossing and masterfully written story of crime, family and loyalty in a beautifully Australian setting. The Torrent had me turning the pages faster and faster as I progressed in my reading of this meticulously researched novel.’ She Society