Brilliant and Subversive: Read an Extract from The Tribute by John Byron

Brilliant and Subversive: Read an Extract from The Tribute by John Byron

Over the PA came the Midnight Oil surf tune ‘Wedding Cake Island’,  calling the swimmers to order at the northern end of Coogee Beach.  The nervous chatter dropped as the guitars swelled on the mild Sydney autumn breeze; then the starting gun fired, and the 2018 Coogee Island  Cool Water Challenge was underway. Jo ran in fast, dived cleanly under a breaker, then surfaced and steamed towards New Zealand. 

She swam out past Wedding Cake Island and fought the lurching open ocean swell beyond it for a hundred hard metres, then turned into the channel between the island and the blocky base of the South Coogee headland, the surge behind her now. After passing the Ladies’ Baths,  the swimmers swam parallel to the beach behind the breakers, and  Jo hit the gas. She powered past the tiring field before turning in and catching a rearing wave that propelled her inshore. Exhilarated and breathing hard, she crossed the finish line on burning legs at a shade over forty-six minutes, a personal best. 

Jo towelled off, feeling better than she had in ages. She was fit and strong, ready to be in the world again after a long period of emotional retreat. Her small family was thriving, her career nicely on track. Mellowed by a mild, pleasant summer unmarred by fire or flood,  Sydney felt vibrant and optimistic. The year had started well, and Jo felt it was shaping to be a good one. 

She could not have been more wrong…

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      Publisher details

      The Tribute
      Author
      John Byron
      Publisher
      Affirm Press
      Genre
      Fiction
      Released
      29 June, 2021
      ISBN
      9781922419859

      Synopsis

      A serial killer is stalking through Sydney, hell-bent on recreating scenes from the Fabrica, the 16th-century foundation text of modern anatomy. The spate of cold, methodical attacks has the city on edge, but the serial killer may not even be the darkest player in this story. Desperate for a breakthrough, decorated homicide detective David Murphy draws into the case his art historian sister, Joanna, and Sylvia, his wife. Unravelling the mystery of who is behind the killings pushes each beyond the limits of what they thought possible. The Tribute is a subversive take on modern masculinity and misogyny told through an irresistible crime narrative. Dark and unpredictable, chilling but sympathetic, it weaves a tapestry of narrative threads towards a mesmerizing climax that will challenge the way you think about everyone you meet. 
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      About the author

      John Byron

      John Byron grew up in Sydney where he went to medical school for a time before leaving in the interest of the public safety. He has worked as a barman, a factory hand, a help desk operator and a federal political adviser. He now lives in Melbourne and works in the university sector. His writing has appeared in The Australian, MeanjinThe Australian Book Review, The ConversationTime Out and Rip It Up. The Tribute is his first novel and was shortlisted for the prestigious Victoria Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2019.

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