The Stoning (Paperback)
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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 07/07/2022
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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
ISBN: 9781529416992
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'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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“Grim and gripping.”

George Manolis is sent back to his home town of Cobb to investigate the Stoning of a local school teacher.He finds that the town is not what it was when he left. Based in the outback it depicts the heat, and... More

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“Atmospheric and gripping Australian noir thriller”

This brilliantly descriptive and atmospheric Australian thriller is set in the dusty outback town of Cobb, which has declined over the years and now houses a detention centre for those people who have either entered... More

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“Thriller set in OUTBACK, Australia”

TripFiction's Book of the Month November 2021

4.5*

Welcome to fictional Cobb, a small town that sits in the dusty landscape, a truly derelict dust hole. It has seen better days and now the locals have to come... More

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