by Mark Brandi Read profile


Published 1st March 2019

Growing up in a small country town, Ben and Fab spend their days playing cricket, wanting a pair of Nike Air Maxes and not talking about how Fab's dad hits him, or how the sudden death of Ben's next-door neighbour unsettled him. Almost teenagers, they already know some things are better left unsaid.

Then a newcomer arrived. Fab reckoned he was a secret agent and he and Ben staked him out. He looked strong. Maybe even stronger than Fab's dad. Neither realised the shadow this man would cast over both their lives.

Twenty years later, Fab is going nowhere but hoping for somewhere better. Then a body is found in the river, and Fab can't ignore the past any more.

'Very little fiction is as emotionally true as this. Wimmera is a dark and disturbing story from a substantial new talent.' Saturday Paper

'This is literary crime fiction at its best.' Books + Publishing

Winner of the CWA Debut Dagger 
Winner of the 2018 Indie Debut Fiction Award 
Shortlisted for Literary Fiction Book of the Year, Abia Awards 2018
Shortlisted for New Writer of the Year, Abia Awards 2018
Shortlisted for the Australian CWA Ned Kelly Award, Best First Crime