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Publisher's Summary

Profoundly deaf since early childhood, Caleb has always lived on the outside - watching and picking up tell-tale signs people hide in a smile, a cough or a kiss. When a childhood friend is murdered, a sense of guilt and a determination to prove his own innocence sends Caleb on a hunt for the killer. But he can’t do it alone....

Winner of the Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards for Best Adult Novel, Readers’ Choice and Best Debut, as well as Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction.

©2015 Emma Viskic (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Viskic has created a genuinely unique and captivating character who deserves a place alongside Jack Irish and Cliff Hardy." (P.M. Newton)

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  • William Michael Dunn
  • 27-01-2017

Excellent book and great 1st book

Series would be great for this defective detective. Interest held throughout. Surprise ending and thoroughly suspenseful page by page. Absorbing with real life characters with all life's problems. I enjoyed every minute listening to the wonderful narration. You can't go wrong getting this book. 5 stars all the way. Mike Dunn

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  • katattack
  • 26-12-2017

Good Until the Last Scene

The story is good but the last action scene is drawn out and contrived, which is made more frustrating by the fact that the rest of the story hangs together pretty well. Also, an author who wants to write crime novels should learn more about guns and how to handle them.

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  • Peter Hungerford
  • 31-10-2017

extraordinary Australian fiction

tense, enthralling, enlightenung. A pleasure to read . aA reflection on the Australia so many Australians remember.

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  • Rogayah
  • 05-02-2018

Brilliant and totally gripping

This is the second Aussie crime writer I have been impressed with recently. It is a combination of too much light and too much coffee that seems to produce writers of wit and powerful descriptions.

I was also very impressed with the narrator. This is a true five star listen.