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INTO THE RIVER

by Mark Brandi Read profile

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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.

WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION DEBUT DAGGER
WINNER OF THE 2018 INDIE DEBUT FICTION AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR LITERARY FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR, ABIA AWARDS 2018
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MATT RICHELL AWARD FOR NEW WRITER OF THE YEAR, ABIA AWARDS 2018
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NED KELLY AWARD FOR BEST FIRST FICTION 2018

‘This book is SO good. Published to huge acclaim in Australia, Into the River is dark, unsettling and makes for compulsive reading.’ Hannah Richell, author of Secrets of the Tides

‘Brimming with tension and menace… an unforgettable story extremely well told. It had my heart racing and breaking in equal measure.' Sarah Bailey, author of The Dark Lane

‘Part crime fiction, part coming of age tale – a masterful evocation of a childhood gone awry.’ Chris Hammer author of Scrublands

‘I had a passionate response to this book; uncrowded, clean, powerful story-telling that held me in its grip… Writing like this is precious and rare.' Sofie Laguna, author of The Eye of the Sheep

‘Original and darkly memorable… Into the River deserves all of the praise it has won…  Fans of Liz Nugent who like their crime fiction subtle and darkly literary will love this book.' Dervla McTiernan, author of The Ruin

‘A poignant gut-punch portrait of the lives of boys forever changed by the landscape of violence, masculinity and secrets. Brandi’s gift is his ability to take us to the dark places while reminding us that the sun will still shine overhead. Devastating, breathtaking, and effortless, Brandi has crafted a singular force of nature’ Sarah Schmidt, author of See What I Have Done

‘A bold new voice in fiction' Louise Jensen, author of The Sister

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

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