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Sanctuary: From the international bestselling author of the Hirsch series

Garry Disher

Grace is a thief: a good one. She was taught by experts and she’s been practising since she was a kid. She specialises in small, high-value items—stamps, watches—and she knows her Jaeger-LeCoultres from her Patek Philippes. But it’s a solitary life, always watchful, always moving. It’s not the life she wants.

Lying low after a run-in with an old associate, Grace walks into Erin Mandel’s rural antiques shop and sees a chance for something different. A normal job. A place to call home.

But someone is looking for Erin. And someone’s looking for Grace, too.

And they are both, in their own ways, very dangerous men.


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Garry Disher
About the Author

Garry Disher has published sixty titles across multiple genres. With a growing international reputation for his best-selling crime novels, he has won four German and three Australian awards for best crime novel of the year, and been longlisted twice for a British CWA Dagger award. In 2018 he received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award.

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3 April 2024
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Praise for Garry Disher

‘If you’ve never read a book by Garry Disher before, this standalone novel is an excellent place to start. If you are already a Disher fan, you will know to expect a rollercoaster of a read, full of disturbing crimes and unscrupulous crooks. Except Grace, of course, she’s the kind of criminal you’ll find yourself barracking for in the end, hoping she finds her place of refuge, safe from persecution, and prosecution.’

‘Disher cleverly weaves tension throughout the story and builds suspense…Readers who enjoy Hayley Scrivenor, Shelley Burr and Jane Harper should enjoy the thrilling Sanctuary.’

‘4 stars. Sanctuary touches on themes of coercive control, moral ambiguity and the deep-felt ripple effect of the deception that con artists inflict on victims.’

Sanctuary is classic Garry Disher—a well told, tense crime story anchored around a great central character but including some fascinating minor characters, with an atmospheric sense of place.’

‘Disher is one of Australia’s leading crime writers…No shortage of detail or incident. One of Disher’s skills is that he can fill his books with plot and background, but they don’t feel crammed…You can relax into this book straight away. His hundreds of thousands of fans are going to hope to hear more of Grace.’

‘What can we say, Garry Disher just goes from strength to strength and we think Sanctuary is one of his best yet.’

‘His novels are busy, a complete world in themselves. Yes, there are capers and car chases, but they are multilayered, full of humanity, nuanced, evocative of place and covering the panoply of alarming social issues.’

‘Highly recommended…A memorable and absorbing crime thriller…Disher is an outstanding crime writer and Sanctuary is another page turner that will thrill his readers.’

‘Garry Disher is arguably Australia’s greatest living crime writer…Sanctuary is a carefully crafted story of many skilfully interwoven strands…A disturbing story about predatory angry men and their victims.’

Sanctuary is a carefully crafted story of many skilfully interwoven strands.’

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  • Sanctuary
    ISBN: 9781922791696
    3 April 2024
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