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Publisher's Summary

A desert highway. A remote town. A murder that won't stay hidden.

New Year's Eve, 1989. Eighteen-year-old Ingrid Mathers is hitchhiking her way to Alice Springs. Bored, hungover and separated from her friend, Joanne, she accepts a lift to the remote town of Cutters End.

July 2021. Detective Sergeant Mark Ariti is seconded to a recently reopened case, one in which he has a personal connection. Three decades ago, a burnt and broken body was discovered in scrub off the Stuart Highway, 300 kilometres south of Cutters End. Though ultimately ruled an accidental death, many people - including a high-profile celebrity - are convinced it was murder.

When Mark's interviews with the witnesses in the old case files go nowhere, he has no choice but to make the long journey up the highway to Cutters End.

And with the help of local Senior Constable Jagdeep Kaur, he soon learns that this death isn't the only unsolved case that hangs over the town....

©2021 Margaret Hickey (P)2021 Penguin Random House Australia

Critic Reviews

"A pacy, atmospheric thriller that joins the ranks of Australian outback noir." (Jock Serong, author of The Rules of Backyard Cricket)

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Fabulous Australian Mystery

A riveting read, with rich descriptions of the dry Australian landscape and laced with outback noir mystery. Dark and haunting in theme, yet constant traces of Aussie humour from the detective hero, helped to lighten the story. Wonderful descriptions, little twists in the tale and great narration made for a highly enjoyable read. Memories flashed of hiking through country areas in Australia as a teenager in the early 70’s, a common activity back then. Possible consequences barely considered. Looking forward to Margaret Hickey’s next storytelling…and where she might take us.

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Meh...

It's okay. Predictable story line though. Terrible ending. I don't think it would be a top recommendation from me.

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Engaging rural noir, but who is the male narrator?

For a very strong story, I felt disappointed by the last chapter or two. They weren’t terrible, but they weren’t as strong as the rest of the book.
Cutters End was especially strong as an audiobook. Both narrators were excellent. In what I’m sure is an oversight however, Bianca Bradey is the only one credited with her performance. The male narrator was so good I tried to search for other books he’d narrated and it was then I realised he hadn’t been credited. Not good enough Audible.

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Enjoyable, good story.

I enjoyed this and it did have a bit of a twist at the end. I will definitely follow this author and I think they will get better with more time and writing experience. The narrator was superb, accents were believable and not overdone. I will definitely follow this narrator.

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