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River of Salt

Narrated by: Henry Nixon
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
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From the winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel.

1961, Philadelphia. After having to betray his brother to save his own life, hit man Blake Saunders flees the Mob and seeks refuge on the other side of the world. Though the ghosts of the past still haunt him, the tiny Australian town of Coral Shoals is paradise. Blake surfs, plays guitar and runs his own bar, the Surf Shack.

But then the body of a young woman is found at a local motel , and evidence links her to the Surf Shack. It soon becomes clear to Blake - who knows a thing or two about murder - that the only way for him to protect paradise is to find the killer.

©2019 Dave Warner (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Part Goodfellas and part love letter to Australian coastal towns, this wonderfully imagined crime novel is like riding the perfect wave." (Michael Robotham)

"Dave Warner captures the heyday and spirit of the surf music scene perfectly. This is a pitch-perfect crime thriller of epic twists and turns." (Jim Skiathitis, composer, guitarist, The Atlantics)

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Well written

The author has a lot of sympathy for female characters, captures the feel of the Australian coast in the early to mid '60s well, has a good turn of phrase and even the plot is fair. In the fashion of much Australiana there is just a slight air of naievety or film school in the writing, a slight lack of subtlety, the characters just a bit stereotyped to keep this from being at the top of the class. I'm a hard marker but I did enjoy this book and would encourage the author to go another leg up. Having just re read Len Deighton the bar is high. In the end a pleasure to read.

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Outstanding

I came late to Mr Warner’s writing - love it. Would make an excellent movie. Thank you.

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