This post is a little on the late side, and I apologise for that. There are reasons and excuses, but I won’t go into them here. Let’s just get on with the post, shall we…
The votes have been counted and the book we are reading for November’s meeting, which is 8 pm GMT Monday 7th November, is The Stoning by Pete Papathanasiou.
If you’re not yet a member of the book club, but would like to join us, you have a little under two weeks to read this book. Sign up at this link HERE. The only communication you will receive will be a notification that the voting choices are up, what the winning book is, and the login details of the meeting room the day before the meeting. I look forward to chatting crime with you soon!
The Stoning by Pete Papathanasiou
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.