The Stoning (Paperback)Peter Papathanasiou (author)
Set in a run-down town in the Australian outback, Papathanasiou's nerve-jangling thriller centres on the combustible tensions between residents and a group of refugees in a neighbouring detention centre in the wake of a brutal murder.
Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2022
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2022
A small town in outback Australia wakes to an appalling crime.
A local schoolteacher is found taped to a tree and stoned to death. Suspicion instantly falls on the refugees at the new detention centre on Cobb's northern outskirts. Tensions are high, between whites and the local indigenous community, between immigrants and the townies.
Still mourning the recent death of his father, Detective Sergeant George Manolis returns to his childhood hometown to investigate. Within minutes of his arrival, it's clear that Cobb is not the same place he left. Once it thrived, but now it's a poor and derelict dusthole, with the local police chief it deserves. And as Manolis negotiates his new colleagues' antagonism, and the simmering anger of a community destroyed by alcohol and drugs, the ghosts of his past begin to flicker to life.
Vivid, pacy and almost dangerously atmospheric, The Stoning is the first in a new series of outback noir featuring DS Manolis, himself an outsider, and a good man in a world gone to hell.
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm
'It's hard to believe this is Peter Papathanasiou's first novel ... Outback noir has a new star' - The Times
'Political crime fiction of the highest order' - The Sunday Times
'In a town no one visits and everyone wants to leave, and where people eat strips of crocodile meat and the heat is pitiless, Papathanasiou conveys how the temperature infuses every interaction. Deliciously dark outback noir.' - The Guardian
'This dark, brooding story is the first in a planned series of 'outback noir', and it bodes well' - The Daily Mail
'A struggling cop, long-buried secrets, a town gone awry - this is outback noir with the noir dialled right up. I loved it.' - Chris Hammer
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