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The Second Son

The Second Son: Winner of the 2021 Best Debut Crime Fiction Ned Kelly Award

Loraine Peck

  • awardWinner, Best Debut Crime Fiction, Ned Kelly Awards, Australian Crime Writers Association, 2021
  • awardShortlisted, BAD Danger Award, 2021
  • awardShortlisted, Adult crime novels, Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards, 2022
  • awardShortlisted, Debut crime books, Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards, 2022
  • Duty always has a price.

    When Ivan Novak is shot dead putting out his garbage bins in Sydney’s west, his family wants revenge, especially his father Milan, a notorious crime boss. It’s a job for the second son, Ivan’s younger brother Johnny.

    But Johnny loves his wife Amy and their son Sasha. And she’s about to deliver her ultimatum: either the three of them escape this wave of killing or she’ll leave, taking Sasha.

    Torn between loyalty to his family and love for his wife, Johnny plans the heist of a lifetime and takes a huge risk. Is he prepared to pay the price? And what choice will Amy make?

    The Second Son is a brilliant action-packed crime debut that creates a world where honour is everything, violence is its own language, and love means breaking all the rules.

    ABA interview with Loraine Peck and Sarah Krasnostein


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    Loraine Peck
    About the Author

    From magician’s assistant to crime novelist, it’s all about mastering the art of subterfuge for Loraine Peck, whose love of crime fiction propelled her to write the kind of book she loves to read.

    The Second Son, Loraine’s debut novel, won the 2021 Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Fiction from the Australian Crime Writers Association. It was...

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    24 January 2023
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    • The Second Son
      ISBN: 9781925923841
      2 February 2021
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      ISBN: 9781922330437
      2 February 2021
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