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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529424423

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 1st September 2022

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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“Outback noir has a new star” The Times

Burnt-out from policework, Detective Sergeant George Manolis flies from Australia to Greece for a holiday. Recently divorced and mourning the death of his father, who emigrated from the turbulent Prespes region which straddles the borders of Greece, Albania and North Macedonia, Manolis hopes to reconnect with his roots and heritage.

“A brilliant new name in Australian crime” Weekend Australian

On arrival, Manolis learns of the disappearance of an ‘invisible’ – a local man who lives without a scrap of paperwork. The police and some locals believe the man’s disappearance was pre-planned, while others suspect foul play. Reluctantly, Manolis agrees to work undercover to find the invisible, and must navigate the complicated relationships of a tiny village where grudges run deep.

“Papathanasiou writes unsparingly, confidently, and compellingly” The Quietus

It soon becomes clear to Manolis that he may never locate a man who, for all intents and purposes, doesn’t exist. And with the clock ticking, the ghosts of the past continue to haunt the events of today as Manolis’s investigation leads him to uncover a dark and long-forgotten practice.

“Detective Sergeant George Manolis is a great new addition to the Australian crime scene” EMMA VISKIC, award-winning author of the Caleb Zelic crime series

Reviews

Political crime fiction of the highest order
Joan Smith, Sunday Times
Detective Sergeant George Manolis is a great new addition to the Australian crime scene
Emma Viskic, award-winning author of the Caleb Zelic crime series
This dark, brooding story is the first in a planned series of 'outback noir', and it bodes well
Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
The uglier sides of Australian life are explored in a hard-hitting outback noir debut... Papathanasiou doesn't pull any punches as he delivers outback noir with a clear-eyed look at hypocrisies old and new and some of the ugly sides of modern life in the 'lucky country'
Craig Sisterson, New Zealand Listener
In a town no one visits and everyone wants to leave, and where people eat strips of crocodile meat and the heat is pitiless, Papathanasiou conveys how the temperature infuses every interaction. Deliciously dark outback noir.
Alison Flood, Guardian
A brilliant new name in Australian crime
Cheryl Akle, Weekend Australian
Outback noir has a new star
Mark Sanderson, The Times
Papathanasiou writes unsparingly, confidently, and compellingly.
The Quietus
Vivid and atmospheric . . . The writing is evocative, the characters are superbly drawn and the clever plot is layered and engaging . . . If you like your crime fiction dark, claustrophobic and thought-provoking with a strong sense of place then this book might be for you.
Breda Brown, Irish Independent