Text Publishing, 2019

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Tom Clay was a poacher back in Suffolk. He was twelve when he was caught, tried and transported to New South Wales.

Now, assigned to a shepherd’s hut out west, he is a boy among violent men. He keeps his counsel and watches over the sheep; he steers clear of blowhards like the new man, Rowdy Cavanagh. He is alert to danger, knowing he is a foreigner here – that the land resists his understanding.

The question is: how fast can he learn? Because a vicious killer named Dan Carver is coming for Tom and Rowdy. And if Tom can’t outwit Carver in the bush – and convince Rowdy to keep his stupid mouth shut – their deaths will be swift and cruel.

‘Breathtaking in its intensity … This is an utterly magnificent read – its power and intensity will continue to resonate with you after you have turned the last page.

‘This riveting, fast-paced new novel … brings the brutality and courage of Australia’s colonial frontier vividly to life. If you like outback horror, this one’s for you.’