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Since Alan Auhl came out of retirement the young detectives call him a retread. Some days he feels like one. Cheaply slapped together. Just about guaranteed to wear down quickly.
But he does things his own way and gets results—even if his cases are a bit colder now.
Like the skeleton that’s just been found under a concrete slab. Or the old farmer, dead five years, whose daughters stilldon’t believe it was an accident. Or the doctor who’s murdered two wives and a girlfriend and left no evidence at all.
Auhl will stick with these cases until justice is done. One way or another.
‘Victorian crime fiction king Garry Disher is a literary machine…Bring on the next case.’
‘Well-crafted and leanly written, this tense novel grips from beginning to end.’
‘There are many twists to a tale that opens with one of those closely observed vignettes of outer suburban life that Disher does so well…It’s a riveting opening scene, setting in motion just one of the cases with which the amiable Auhl will deal in the most cathartic of ways.’
‘Garry Disher has been giving us highly intelligent literary thrillers for decades and he gets better and better.’