A Nail-biter: Read an Extract from Cop and Robber by Tristan Bancks

A Nail-biter: Read an Extract from Cop and Robber by Tristan Bancks

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Raised on Robbery

Nash is in the passenger seat of Dad’s truck – the old, blue Holden HQ ute, his ‘work’ truck – parked at pump number seven. It’s 11.42 pm and Nash is playing a game on his phone. His eyes sting and he wishes he was in bed already. He looks out through the hot-breath-fogged side window towards the shop, but his view is blocked by the petrol bowser. He leans forward to peek around it and sees Dad at the drinks fridge – black hood up, the bill of his ‘lucky’ Eels cap poking out, bandana over his face. Nash knows right away that something’s about to go down.

The service-station attendant, an old guy with a big nose and a red cap, sits on a stool at the cash register on the far right of the store. The attendant looks on as Dad moves quickly towards the counter, up an aisle between two rows of shelves.

Nash ducks down, eyes peering, crocodile-style, through the trickles of condensation racing each other down the gl ass, watching events unfold through the widescreen of the petrol-station shop window.

Six months ago, Dad had promised Nash he would stop committing crimes. As far as Nash knew, Dad had kept his word. But in the past week, Nash could tell Dad was on edge about something. He has two strikes to his name from a year ago – one for break and enter, one for stealing tools from a worksite. They were the only ones he was charged for. The judge said one more conviction and he’ll go to jail.

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Publisher details

Cop and Robber
Author
Tristan Bancks
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
05 July, 2022
ISBN
9781761045943

Synopsis

Recommended for ages 11+.

A new nailbiter from the bestselling author of Two Wolves.

If your mum was a cop and your dad was a crim who needed your help to commit a crime, would you do it to save him? At what cost?

Nash Hall's dad is a criminal who just can't seem to go straight. He wants Nash to help him commit a robbery. A big one. The trouble is, Nash's mum is a cop. And the robbery is at Nash's school. But Dad owes a lot of money to some very dangerous people and if Nash doesn't help him do the job, it could cost both their lives.

From the bestselling author of Two Wolves, The Fall and Detention.
Tristan Bancks
About the author

Tristan Bancks

Tristan Bancks tells stories for the page and screen. His books for kids and teens include Two Wolves, The Fall, Detention and the Tom Weekly series. Two Wolves won Honour Book in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. The Fall was a CBCA Notable Book and shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Tristan’s books have also been recognised in multiple children’s choice awards. Tristan is a writer-ambassador for literacy charity Room to Read. He is currently working with producers to develop several of his books for the screen. He’s excited by the future of storytelling and inspiring others to create. You can find out more about Tristan’s books, play games, watch videos, chat to the author and help him try to change the world at www.tristanbancks.com.

Books by Tristan Bancks

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