Opal Country - Detective Nell Buchanan (Hardback)Chris Hammer (author)
One of the finest practitioners of Outback Noir returns with a scorching story of theft, greed and ritual slayings set around the opal mines of the lawless town of Finnigan's Gap.
In the desolate outback town of Finnigans Gap, police struggle to maintain law and order. Thieves pillage opal mines, religious fanatics recruit vulnerable youngsters and billionaires do as they please.
Then an opal miner is found crucified and left to rot down his mine. Nothing about the miner's death is straight-forward, not even who found the body. Homicide detective Ivan Lucic is sent to investigate, assisted by inexperienced young investigator Nell Buchanan.
But Finnigans Gap has already ended one police career and damaged others, and soon both officers face damning allegations and internal investigations. Have Ivan and Nell been set up, and if so, by whom?
As time runs out, their only chance at redemption is to find the killer. But the more they uncover, the more harrowing the mystery becomes, and a past long forgotten is thrown into scorching sunlight.
Because in Finnigans Gap, nothing stays buried for ever.
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 757 g
Dimensions: 238 x 160 x 46 mm
'A complex, twisty thriller, with nuanced characters and a winding plot all set in the oppressive Australian heat.' - Lisa Hall
'A clever and compelling small town mystery, with an evocative setting and a brilliant cast of characters. This slice of Australian noir sparkles like an opal in the blistering sun.' - Lisa Gray
'Classic Hammer, with the heat and the small town obsession with secrecy and past grievances. A crime novel that will stay with me for a long time.' - Ann Cleeves
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“Cleverly written thriller”
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 November 2021
This story of desire for riches, revenge and family trauma is set in the dry heat of the Australian outback. The influence of the landscape and searing heat... More
“Magnificent Aussie murder mystery”
One of the most reliable writers out there, the talented Chris Hammer continues to carry the torch of excellence with Opal Country. Technically a standalone, this novel actually dovetails into the previous Martin... More
“Oppressive Heat, Murder, Opal Mining and a complex brilliant story! 5⭐️”
I’ve loved every book so far by Chris Hammer, and am so thrilled to have been given the opportunity to review Opal Country by the publishers Wildfire Books. Thank you so much.
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