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The Pit

On sale

14th September 2023

Price: £20

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529424478

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“Outback noir has a new star” Mark Sanderson, The Times

“A rising star of crime fiction” Joan Smith, Sunday Times

“Delivers another larger-than-life, take-no-prisoners slice of outback noir. A truly original writer” Emma Styles, author of NO COUNTRY FOR GIRLS

With DS Manolis on leave in Greece, Senior Constable Sparrow receives a phone call from a man who wants to turn himself in.

Bob is sixty-five years old, confined to a Perth nursing home. But thirty years ago, he killed a man in the remote northern Kimberley mining region. He offers to show Sparrow where the body is, but there’s a catch: Sparrow must travel north with him under the guise of being his carer.

They are accompanied on the drive by another nursing home resident: Luke, thirty years old, paralysed in a motorbike accident. As they embark on their road trip through the guts of Western Australia, pursued by outback police and adrenaline-soaked miners, Sparrow begins to suspect that Bob’s desire to head north may have sinister motivations. Is Luke being held against his will? And what lies in store for them when they reach their goal?


Irish Independent
Darkly immersive Aussie Noir at its very best
Joan Smith, Sunday Times
Peter Papathanasiou is a rising star of crime fiction . . . Half crime novel, half social history, The Pit shows the versatility of the genre in the hands of a gifted writer
Emma Styles, author of NO COUNTRY FOR GIRLS, winner of the 2023 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize
Peter Papathanasiou has a voice like no one else writing Australian crime fiction and delivers another larger-than-life, take-no-prisoners slice of outback noir. A truly original writer.