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Moonlight Downsby Adrian Hyland
Synopses & Reviews
Packs a real wallop. . . . An epic and ambitious mystery set against the vast backdrop of Central Australia, where indigenous and white people live side by side in an uneasytruce.--Vogue (Australia)
Incorporates geophysical data, race politics and aboriginal spirituality into a seamless, often hilarious stream of narrative. It] has all the hallmarks of a first of a very successful series with the potential to forge a new sub-genre of detective fiction--that of a feisty, female indigenous sleuth whose intelligence and tenacity provesuperior to force and ignorance.--The Sydney Morning Herald
Witty, knowing, at times downright hilarious. The plot is absorbing and Hyland'scharacters are originals. . . . As Emily Tempest untangles the knot of a murder, she also comes to rediscover her past, her belonging and her self.--Brisbane Courier Mail
Emily Tempest, a feisty part-aboriginal woman, left home to get an education and has since traveled abroad. She returns to visit the Moonlight Downs mob, still uncertain if shebelongs in the aboriginal world or that of the whitefellers. Within hours of her arrival, an old friend is murdered and mutilated. The police suspect a rogue aborigine, but Emily starts asking questions. Emily Tempest, amodern half-aboriginal sleuth, is a welcome successor to Arthur Upfield's classic detective.
Adrian Hyland worked with aboriginal communities in Central Australia for tenyears. He now teaches at LaTrobe University in Melbourne. This is his first novel.
From the Hardcover edition.
After being away from home for ten years, Emily Tempest, the daughter of a white Australian prospector and an Aboriginal woman, returns to Moonlight Downs and finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation when the leader of the camp is slain.
About the Author
\Adrian Hyland won Australia's Ned Kelly 2007 Award for Best First Novel for Moonlight Downs. He spent many years in the Northern Territory living and working among the indigenous people. He now teaches at LaTrobe University and lives in Melbourne.
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