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Resurrection Bay

by Emma Viskic

Fantastic and gritty, fast-paced and thrilling, Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic is homegrown Australia crime fiction at its best. It’s perfect to get stuck into on a Friday night; a compelling read that you’ll have no trouble devouring over the weekend

Caleb Zelic is a profoundly deaf private investigator working in Melbourne. His partner is the ageing, recovering alcoholic Frankie, tough and caustic but with a somewhat maternal attitude to Caleb when she lets her guard down (not often). When Caleb discovers the gruesome murder of his childhood friend Gary, he embarks on a wild chase from the back streets of Melbourne to his and Gary’s hometown on the coast, Resurrection bay.

Caleb is determined to find out who killed good guy and cop Gary, but the perpetrators think Caleb knows too much so it’s a case of whether he can get to them before they get to him. They know about Caleb’s beloved ex-wife Kat and his ex-junkie brother Anton, and – given the trail of destruction they’re leaving all over Melbourne – Caleb can’t bear to think what they might do to Kat if they get to her. As the mystery deepens and various clues to the mysterious Scott lead them nowhere, it seems that there are bent cops involved in the murder, meaning Caleb has nowhere to go and no one to trust.

Viskic builds up the action and takes us on a thrilling ride through Melbourne, leading us to a nail-biting and tense conclusion. Her skillful characterisation of Caleb and other key players increases the stakes. Caleb is an original and truly likeable crime hero who tries to hide his deafness form the world and this frustrates the hell out of those closest to him, particularly Kat, who he is still in love with. With Caleb, Viskic has created a compelling new character in local crime fiction and we hope we’ll be seeing much more of him.

We’re not surprised that Resurrection Bay pulled in so many of Australia’s key crime awards with this year, including winner of the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First fiction and winner of the 2016 Award for Best Debut Novel, Best Adult Novel and the Readers’ Choice Award. It also won iBooks Australia’s Crime Novel of the Year Award in 2015.

In addition to these awards, Melbourne crime writer Emma Viskic has won two of Australia’s premier crime fiction short story awards: the Ned Kelly S.D. Harvey Award (2013) and the New England Thunderbolt Award (2013). She is also an accomplished musician – a classic clarinettist who has performed with  José  Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. She divides her time between writing, performing, and teaching.

Click here to purchase a copy or click here to start reading chapter one!

About Emma Viskic

Emma Viskic is an award-winning Australian crime writer. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Resurrection Bay, won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, as well as an unprecedented three Davitt Awards: Best Adult Novel, Best Debut, and Readers’ Choice. Resurrection Bay was iBooks Australia’s Crime Novel of 2015. She is currently writing the second novel in the Caleb Zelic series, And Fire Came Down.

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  1. Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews

    I had the great pleasure of reading an advance copy of this title way back in September 2015, and I am so pleased that Resurrection Bay will soon be published in the UK and US by Pushkin Vertigo. This was one of my Best Books of 2015, a novel I found it very hard not to gush about – recommended it to everyone I knew. I also had the pleasure of interviewing Emma via email, and then later meeting her in person at our local writers festival – so talented yet so down-to-earth. Now eagerly awaiting the arrival of an advance copy of Book 2 in the series, And Fire Came Down, which will be released in Australia in August 2017.

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