Chris Hammer

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book | 2020
UK → Headline Publishing (Ed. Kate Stephenson)

A homecoming marred by blood

Journalist Martin Scarsden returns to Port Silver to make a fresh start with his partner Mandy. But he arrives to find his childhood friend murdered -- and Mandy is the prime suspect. Desperate to clear her name, Martin goes searching for the truth.

A terrible crime

The media descends on Port Silver, compelled by a story that has it all: sex, drugs, celebrity, and religion. Martin is chasing the biggest scoop of his career, and the most personal.

A past he can't escape

As Martin draws closer to a killer, the secrets of his traumatic childhood come to the surface, and he must decide what is more important -- the story or his family...

An enthralling and propulsive new thriller from the acclaimed and bestselling author of Scrublands.


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The scope of this novel is really impressive... A lot goes on but Hammer takes his time developing character, offering fascinating glimpses of the past and creating a vivid picture of the modern town before really getting under the skin of a crime that has a more complex explanation than is first apparent.

New Books Magazine

If you loved Hammer's first book, you won't be able to put Silver down either. 

Natalie Xenos

Dark, twisty and atmospheric, with writing so real you can almost feel the blistering heat of the Australian summer.

Lisa Hall

Compelling, original and brilliantly executed -- an excellent thriller from a new master of Australian noir.

Charles Cumming

Hammer has a wide range of skills. He re-creates the great variety of Australian landscapes and cultures, relates the adventures of Martin and his boyhood friends with keen insight and keeps up the pace of the story throughout the five-hundred-plus pages of the novel ... He is a great new addition to the world of crime writing.

Natasha Cooper
Literary Review

With their small-town Australian setting, brilliantly complex plots involving corruption, cruelty and climate change, Chris Hammer's detective novels are as compellingly written and characterised as they are, sadly, topical. Alongside Jane Harper, he is in the vanguard of Australian noir.

Amanda Craig

Richly descriptive, with a large and well drawn cast, this is an immersive and enjoyable novel that lives up to the promise of its predecessor.

Laura Wilson
The Guardian

Hammer combines Scarsden's backstory with a vivid portrait of a divided community to mesmerising effect. 

Joan Smith
The Sunday Times

...Hammer’s writing is clear and fluent, demonstrating his journalistic skill at describing small-town Australia.

Mike Ripley
Shots Magazine

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