Author(s): Mark Brandi
THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF WIMMERA.An urban crime novel that slowly and masterfully hooks you in... then shocks with the horrific crime and the dread that the characters you care about aren't going to make it out alive.'It's funny how quick it happens and without you really noticing. Anton said once that it's like walking out into the sea, and you think everything's fine and the water's warm, but when you turn back you're suddenly miles from shore. I've never been much of a swimmer, but I get what he means. Like, being caught in a current or something. A rip.'A young woman living on the street has to keep her wits about her.Or her friends. But when the drugs kick in that can be hard.Anton has been looking out for her. She was safe with him. But then Steve came along.He had something over Anton. Must have. But he had a flat they could crash in. And gear in his pocket. And she can't stop thinking about it. A good hit makes everything all right.But the flat smells weird.There's a lock on Steve's bedroom door.And the guy is intense.The problem is, sometimes you just don't know you are in too deep, until you are drowning.
Life for our narrator and her friend Anton is like being caught in a current, a rip. Along with her dog Sunny they live a life on the street, from one fix to another. Anton wants to make changes, get a welfare flat, make things safe for them, so our narrator doesn't have to do 'tricks' to make money for their survival. Steve enters their life, he's a bit creepy and seems to have something over Anton from the past. He offers for them to stay in his flat where Mary his 'flatmate' is confined to a mental facility, or is she? As things start to unravel and reveal a darker side to Steve, Brandi gives the reader a realistic, brutal portrayal of life on the streets of Melbourne, of the copper, the social workers and the Christian that mean well and want to help, to those that disdain them. The story challenges the reader on morality and judgment, it enables some insight into the life of those whose circumstances have led to this life. For one of the characters the rip will let them go, for others it will take them under. Christine (Guest Reviewer)
Mark Brandi's bestselling novel, Wimmera, won the coveted British Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger, and was named Best Debut at the 2018 Australian Indie Book Awards. It was also shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards Literary Fiction Book of the Year, and the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year. His second novel, The Rip, is to be published by Hachette Australia in March 2019. It is already receiving critical acclaim. Mark's shorter work has appeared in The Guardian, The Age, The Big Issue, and in journals both here and overseas. His writing is also sometimes heard on ABC Radio National. Mark graduated with a criminal justice degree and worked extensively in the justice system, before changing direction and deciding to write. Originally from Italy, he grew up in rural Victoria. Mark now lives in Melbourne and is already working on his next work of fiction.