Detective Sergeant George Manolis is a great new addition to the Australian crime scene
Outback noir has a new star
A brilliant new name in Australian crime
Papathanasiou writes unsparingly, confidently, and compellingly.
Political crime fiction of the highest order
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.
This dark, brooding story is the first in a planned series of 'outback noir', and it bodes well
Vivid and atmospheric . . . The writing is evocative, the characters are superbly drawn and the clever plot is layered and engaging . . . If you like your crime fiction dark, claustrophobic and thought-provoking with a strong sense of place then this book might be for you.
The uglier sides of Australian life are explored in a hard-hitting outback noir debut... Papathanasiou doesn't pull any punches as he delivers outback noir with a clear-eyed look at hypocrisies old and new and some of the ugly sides of modern life in the 'lucky country'
The author effortlessly transports his reader to Southern Europe's borderlands, where a tragic past haunts the villages and towns, fuelling the mystery at the heart of the novel. This is first-rate crime fiction.
Like The Stoning, the new book shows [Papathanasiou's]ability to combine suspense, politics and lyrical descriptive writing
This second Manolis thriller is a wonderful evocation of a little-known part of Europe with spectacular scenery and dangerous wildlife, not to mention equally dangerous Balkan criminals on the loose. Highly recommended.