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“A struggling cop, long-buried secrets, a town gone awry – this is outback noir with the noir dialled right up. I loved it.” CHRIS HAMMER

A small town in outback Australia wakes to a crime of medieval savagery.


A local schoolteacher is found taped to a tree and stoned to death. Suspicion instantly falls on the refugees at the new detention centre on Cobb’s northern outskirts. Tensions are high, between whites and Aboriginals, between immigrants and the townies.

Still mourning the recent death of his father, Detective Sergeant George Manolis returns to his childhood hometown to investigate. Within minutes of his arrival, it’s clear that Cobb is not the same place he left. Once it thrived, but now it’s a poor and derelict dusthole, with the local police chief it deserves. And as Manolis negotiates his new colleagues’ antagonism, and the simmering anger of a community destroyed by alcohol and drugs, the ghosts of his past begin to flicker to life.

Vivid, pacy and almost dangerously atmospheric, The Stoning is the first in a new series of outback noir featuring DS Manolis, himself an outsider, and a good man in a world gone to hell.

Reviews

This dark and gripping debut should put Papathanasiou up there with the stars of outback noir like Jane Harper and Chris Hammer. A brilliant new name in crime fiction.
Cass Green, bestselling author of THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR and IN A COTTAGE, IN A WOOD
I was unable to put this book down - it's dark, gritty and utterly compelling. In George Manolis, you have a detective in the tradition of Chandler's Marlowe, yet entirely right for the times in which we live now - he's superbly written.
Wyl Menmuir, author of Man Booker Prize-longlisted THE MANY
The Stoning repels and compels at the same time, laying bare the festering secrets of a small town one by one. A thoughtful and confident debut.
Sulari Gentill, author of the award-winning Rowland Sinclair Mystery Series
A struggling cop, long-buried secrets, a town gone awry - this is outback noir with the noir dialled right up. I loved it.
Chris Hammer