Gunshot Road

by Adrian Hyland

Series: An Emily Tempest Investigation (No. 2)

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  • 9781569478905
An “outstanding” mystery set in the Australian Outback (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
 
After leaving the Outback to get an education, Emily Tempest—half-aboriginal, half-white—returns to her birthplace as an Aboriginal Community Police officer. Emily’s first assignment is a murder at the Green Swamp Well Roadhouse, a case that seems open-and-shut to her partner, by-the-book Sergeant Cockburn.
 
But the suspect is an old friend of Emily’s father, a prospector with a passion for philosophy. Could he really have committed this heinous crime? As Emily reconnects with her past, she must accept her new role, and learn to live between two worlds . . .
 
“There’s a lot of guts, bravery and bravura packed into Emily’s compact frame. Her understanding of life in the Outback, its people’s idiosyncrasies and their deep-rooted culture serves as an informative travelogue. But it’s her dogged determination to discover the killer of an old geologist that makes the book so enticing. Emily is an admirable addition to the list of female investigators on the international fiction scene.” USA Today

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  • 9781569478905

In The Press

Praise for the Emily Tempest series

"Beguiling first mystery . . . Wonderful.” —The New York Times Book Review

“There’s a lot of guts, bravery and bravura packed into Emily’s compact frame. Her understanding of life in the Outback, its people’s idiosyncrasies and their deep-rooted culture serves as an informative travelogue. But it’s her dogged determination to discover the killer of an old geologist that makes the book so enticing. Emily is an admirable addition to the list of female investigators on the international fiction scene.” —USA Today

“A hymn to the wit, courage, stark beauty and the power of dreaming of a unique people. One cannot help but be enriched by it.” —Anne Perry 

“Startling turns of phrase, vivid Outback setting, and rich rendering of cultural differences. . . . All in all, the novel is a corker, engaging from page 1 and on through to an ending that pulls out all the stops.” —The Boston Globe

“A delightful, engaging book.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer 

“Perfect for mystery fans who are craving new horizons.” —Library Journal


About The Author

Adrian Hyland's novel Moonlight Downs won Australia’s Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel in 2007 under the name Diamond Dove. Its follow-up, Gunshot Road, was runner-up for the Colin Roderick Award for Australian literature. He spent many years in the Northern Territory living and working among the indigenous people. He lives in Victoria.

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  • 9781569478905