This is a story about two people trying to hold onto each other beyond reality.
When Madeleine d’Leon conjures Ned McGinnity as the hero in her latest crime novel, she makes him a serious writer simply because the irony of a protagonist who’d never lower himself to read the story in which he stars, amuses her. When Ned McGinnity creates Madeleine d’Leon, she is his literary device, a writer of detective fiction who is herself a mystery to be unravelled.
As Ned and Madeleine play out their own lives while writing the other’s story, they find themselves crossing the lines that divide the real and the imagined.
Sulari Gentill set out to study astrophysics, ended up graduating in law, and later abandoned her legal career to write books instead of contracts. She grows French black truffles on her farm in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains of NSW, which she shares with her husband Michael, their young family and several animals—the farm, not the truffles.
Gentill was announced the winner of the 2012 Davitt Award for Best Crime Fiction, and was shortlisted for a 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first book in the South East Asia and Pacific region. Under the name Sulari Gentill, S.D.
Gentill also writes the Rowland Sinclair series; a series of historical crime fiction novels including A Few Right Thinking Men, A Decline in Prophets, Miles off Course, Paving the New Road and her latest, Gentlemen Formerly Dressed.