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By Chris Hammer | Paperback | 1 Review(s)

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In an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself.

A year later, troubled journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend to write a feature... read more

Format
Paperback
Release Date
25 Jul 2018
Author(s)
Chris Hammer
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
ISBN-13
9781760632984
Dimensions
153mm x 234mm
Format
Paperback
Release Date
25 Jul 2018
Author(s)
Chris Hammer
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
ISBN-13
9781760632984
Dimensions
153mm x 234mm

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17 Aug 2018

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Scrublands

It is certainly shaping up to be the year of the debut author – so far I have read three and loved them all. Chris Hammer’s debut book Scrublands is exceptional quality reading and is perfect for Father’s Day which is creeping up on us. He is a journalist with more than 30 years experience and has applied his extensive travels to bring to life fictionalised characters in the rural town of Riversend, Victoria Australia. Riversend is a country town in the grip of drought but death and destruction has brought the town to its knees after charismatic priest Byron Swift opens fire on men of his congregation one Sunday morning. A year later, journalist Martin Scarsden is sent on a mission to write a feature on the anniversary of the tragedy and the impact on Riversend. The stories he hears from locals contradict the accepted version of events and Martin cannot ignore his doubts, nor the urgings of some to dig deeper to uncover the real reason behind the priest’s crime. With twists and turns, the strength of the tale is the development of characters and new multiple plot lines that draw you into the greater mystery. Two crimes to solve emerge and the characters are flawed, but trying to survive, which gives the narrative a very real and human feel. One to be devoured rather than raced through and my mind is still wandering the streets of Riversend!

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