Introduction by Nicolas Rothwell
Late at night Lloyd Fitzherbert, police reporter with the Sydney Gazette, is picked up by his man in CIB for a ‘last-minute job that won’t take a minute’ at the morgue. A body has been found in the harbour. Irma, a beautiful young woman who fled persecution in Nazi Europe, is dead.
She was Fitzherbert’s lover. And, though the police don’t know it yet, he killed her.
Gripping and atmospheric, The Refuge is a murderer’s confession—a tale of wartime Sydney, with its paranoia about communism and spies. Kenneth Mackenzie’s last novel is utterly different to his lauded debut, The Young Desire It, yet it shares that book’s psychological acuity and mastery of language.
‘The history of a crime told as excitingly and with as much dramatic tension as anything byGraham Greene or Raymond Chandler.'
‘Remarkable…A genuine personal tragedy.’
‘Fascinating, extremely skilful and subtle.’
One of our most gifted novelists.’
‘The Refuge is also a stunning enactment of its central idea. It could have been filmed by Hitchcock.’