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Wild Card

Wild Card

Detective Zoe Mayer, Book Two

Simon Rowell

One foggy morning on the banks of the Murray River, a body is found in a burnt-out area of grassland. The heavily tattooed victim, who has suffered two bullet wounds to the head, is identified as Freddie Jones, a bikie from Moama.

Detective Sergeant Zoe Mayer is on the case, alongside her trusty service dog, Harry. Although Zoe is determined to track down the murderer, she finds herself stonewalled at every turn—by Freddie’s family, his associates and even the local police. But then a second body is discovered, and soon all bets are off…

Wild Card is a gripping mystery about gang warfare and small-town corruption, featuring a crime-fighting duo like no other.


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

‘An absolute cracker.’

‘Gripping and pacy … [A] great read from a local author.’

‘A suspenseful and gripping read…Fans of rural noir by Jane Harper and Garry Disher will have another author to enjoy.’

Wild Card is an engrossing read with one helluva plot twist that I did not see coming—I’m still thinking about it days later. It’s an indication that Rowell is willing to do whatever it takes to produce something special. Where will Rowell take Zoe (and Harry) next? I can’t wait to find out.’

‘Very well written with great characters and a nice sense of place.’

Wild Card is an unputdownable, engrossing mystery…with a plot twist you won’t see coming.’

‘[Wild Card] demanded, and was read, in a day. Now I’m going to be twiddling my thumbs, waiting, with not a hint of pretend patience, for the next book in the series.’

‘I read this book over a day. It is full of suspense and keeps you guessing right to the end.’

‘Intricate plot…[Wild Card is] a thoroughly readable book for lovers of the police procedural.’

‘Superbly written and vividly set, this sharply written, clever novel will keep you hooked until the end.’

‘If you are not prepared to call in sick at work, then do not start this novel anytime during a working week. There is no way I’m getting out of my nightie until this is done.’

‘A good thriller is as good as and as rare as good fish-n-chips. Author Simon Rowell serves up a tasty dish.’

‘A darn good writer…You might want to go and get this book.’

‘An entertaining and insightful read…Unexpected turns to the plot, as well as a few shocks, as the story moves its way to a tense and surprising ending.’

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  • Wild Card
    ISBN: 9781922791153
    10 January 2023
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