Author(s): Jock Serong

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1797. On a beach not far from the isolated settlement of Sydney, a fishing boat picks up three shipwreck survivors, distressed and terribly injured. They have walked hundreds of miles across a landscape whose features - and inhabitants-they have no way of comprehending. They have lost fourteen companions along the way. Their accounts of the ordeal are evasive.

It is Lieutenant Joshua Grayling's task to investigate the story. Gradually he comes to realise that those fourteen deaths were contrived by one calculating mind. And as the full horror of the men's journey emerges, he begins to wonder whether the ruthless killer now at large in the infant colony poses a danger to his own family.

From the author of The Rules of Backyard Cricket.


~ Jock Serong's first two books were modern day thrillers.This is historical fiction. In 1797 the Sydney Cove sails south from Calcutta, rounds Tasmania and is shipwrecked just short of the entrance to the then undiscovered Bass Strait. Seventeen men leave in the longboat to get help. Three make it, barely alive, to Sydney. They are questioned but their stories are conflicting. Is it possible that the villain, Legge, will not be punished for his many atrocities? In The Rules of Backyard Cricket Serong gave us insight into the Australian sporting psyche. As well as being a riveting story, this book gives insight into the first colonial contact with the Aboriginal people. David


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  • : 9781925773125
  • : Text Publishing Company
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  • : May 2018
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