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Detective Sergeant Harry Belltree, back on the job after a near-fatal confrontation with corrupt colleagues, has become a departmental embarrassment. The solution is a posting away from Sydney and a quiet life in Newcastle.
Or maybe not so quiet. A body’s been found buried just offshore on Ash Island; there may be more. There’s also Harry’s unfinished business. The car crash that killed his parents and blinded his wife happened not far from Newcastle. And Harry knows it was no accident.
The other unfinished business is Jenny’s longed-for pregnancy. Which means that now the stakes are higher than ever.
‘An unqualified triumph and Aussie hardboiled crime fiction at its very best.’
‘A terrifically exciting novel.’
‘Maitland just gets better, and he’s long been, if quietly, one of the very best…the writing is lean and top-knotch as always.’
‘Crucifixion Creek…takes off at a frantic gallop towards a heart-thumping finale that promises only a brief respite. Be prepared to stay up late.’
‘A hard-boiled plummet into damaged lives.’
‘This is crime fiction at its very best with a local twist.’
‘A well-constructed and enjoyable mystery that moves at brisk pace. The characterisations are convincing and Maitland, who lives in the Hunter Valley, invests the book with a good sense of place and a nice social conscience.’
‘Maitland does not flinch from a brutal denouement…Prepare for a long and gripping haul.‘
‘[Maitland’s] pacing and plotting are meticulous…He works the atmosphere of regional Australia with the same sense of authenticity that informed his Brock and Kolla series, creating a dynamic that enables his accomplished work to push against the seemingly rigid boundaries of formula.’
‘Pacy and punchy.’
‘Maitland adroitly balances multiple characters and plot lines, weaving together apparent coincidences into a complex, compelling tale of far-reaching greed and corruption. Armchair travellers will enjoy this foray Down Under, and the heart-wrenching ending is sure to leave them eager for the trilogy’s final volume.’