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The Long Game

The Long Game

Detective Zoe Mayer, Book One

Simon Rowell

A summer of relentless heat. A local surfer named Ray Carlson is found dead in a house not far from Portsea back beach. There’s a kitchen knife deep in his chest, and blood everywhere.

Detective Sergeant Zoe Mayer is scarcely back from extended leave, and still wrestling with her demons, but she is assigned the case—alongside her new service dog, Harry, whose instincts help her in unexpected ways.

There’s an obvious suspect for the murder, and Zoe makes an arrest. But it’s all too neat, and none of Zoe’s colleagues believes her theory that the whole thing is a stitch-up.

Except now someone is trying to hunt Zoe down.

Superbly plotted, and vividly set in the beachside suburbs and hilly retreats around Melbourne, The Long Game is a mystery about a tough and clever investigator who won’t give up.


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Simon Rowell
About the Author

In his early days, Simon Rowell worked on outback oil rigs, managed nightclubs and was a tour guide in Central Australia. Eventually, he transitioned into a twenty-year career in corporate branding. Rowell is known as the author of several novels, including The Long Game, Wild Card, and The Good Dog (all part of the Zoe Mayer series), along with...

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andThe Long Game

‘Beautifully written, this clever crime thriller kept me hooked till the end.’

‘A sharply written, vividly set page-turner, inhabited by memorable characters, including Harry the loyal service dog.’

The Long Game is a nail-biting ride. Detective Sergeant Zoe Mayer and her service dog, Harry, kept me enthralled to the end.’

‘Gripping and pacy, The Long Game is [a] great read from a local author.’

’This is a very entertaining crime novel that is elevated above much of the competition by its easy flowing style, nicely limned characters, vivid descriptions and strong sense of credibility. A terrific read.’

‘An absolute cracker.’

’The start of what one selfishly hopes is a long series…with heaps of potential, good characters and an interesting, complicated and tricky central plot.’

‘Compulsive reading.’

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  • The Long Game
    ISBN: 9781922459176
    3 August 2021
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