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Brisbane 1999. It’s hot. Stormy. Dangerous. The waters of the Brisbane River are rising. The rains won’t stop. People’s nerves are on edge. And then . . .
A body is found.
And then another.
And another.

A string of seemingly ritualised but gruesome murders. All the victims are men. Affluent. Guys with nice houses, wives and kids at private schools. All have had their throats cut. Tabloid headlines shout, THE VAMPIRE KILLER STRIKES AGAIN!

Detective Constable Lara Ocean knows the look. The ‘my-life-will-never-be-the-same-again look’. She’s seen it too many times on too many faces. Telling a wife her husband won’t be coming home. Ever again. Telling her the brutal way he was murdered. That’s a look you never get used to.

Telling a mother you need her daughter to come to the station for questioning. That’s another look she doesn’t want to see again.

And staring into the eyes of a murderer, yet doubting you’ve got it right. That’s the worst look of all – the one you see in the mirror. Get it right, you’re a hero and the city is a safer place. Get it wrong and you destroy a life. And a killer remains free. Twenty years down the track, Lara Ocean will know the truth.


This taut, gritty and compelling tale will keep readers guessing until the end.
Daily Telegraph
Extended review
Adelaide Advertiser, SA Weekend
Cavanaugh's Blood River is well crafted... This is a is a great crime novel for anyone who loves to be kept guessing.
Toowoomba Chronicle
This was my first Tony Cavanaugh read, and it won't be my last. I will be looking out for more in the future.
BJ's Book Review
Blood River is a great crime novel for anyone who loves to be kept guessing.
Northern Rivers Echo
Blood River is an interesting police thriller with its shifting first-person perspectives and staccato narrative... the ending surprises.
Canberra Weekly
Tony Cavanaugh did a fantastic job with this book. I was captivated from the first page and I found myself on the edge of my seat as the story unfolded. There wasn't a dull moment in this book.
Gems Book Nook
Geraldton Guardian