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The Second Son

book | Fiction | 2000
ANZ → Text (Ed. Penny Hueston)

Duty always has a price.

When Ivan Novak is shot dead putting out his garbage bins in Sydney’s west, his family wants revenge, especially his father Milan, a notorious crime boss. It’s a job for the second son, Ivan’s younger brother, Johnny.

But Johnny loves his wife Amy and their son Sasha. And she’s about to deliver her ultimatum: either the three of them escape this wave of killing or she’ll leave, taking Sasha.

Torn between loyalty to his family and love for his wife, Johnny plans the heist of a lifetime and takes a huge risk. Is he prepared to pay the price? And what choice will Amy make?

The Second Son is a brilliant action-packed debut that creates a world where honour is everything, violence is its own language, and love means breaking all the rules.


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Suhrkamp Verlag

A tense, sinuous, fast-moving debut where hard answers are given to questions of honour and justice.

Garry Disher, author of Peace and Consolation

At first glance, The Second Son is a modern-day Godfather that paints a brutal, bullet-ridden picture of gang warfare in Sydney’s Western Suburbs. Look again, and it’s a compelling exploration of inherited trauma and the endless cycle of violence. Get right up close and it’s a tender story of fear, love and— ultimately—hope. A sharp and striking debut.

Anna Downes, author of The Safe Place

Outstanding…a gripping whodunnit. Original and straight from the heart.

Kate London, author of Gallowstree Lane

Compelling and gritty, at its heart this crime thriller is also the He says/She says tale of a marriage disintegrating under a Molotov cocktail of toxic masculinity and family honour. Hi-octane, brutal, raw and emotional, this is one striking crime debut.

Greg Woodland, author of The Night Whistler

Loraine Peck’s debut novel is as relentless as headlights following you at night, full of spark, simmering violence and outright gang bloodshed.

Books + Publishing

Tight and tense, The Second Son is a wonderfully sharp-toothed crime thriller.

Christian White, author of The Wife and the Widow Peck

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