Something has drawn Emily Tempest back to Central Australia—to Moonlight Downs, the community she left half a lifetime ago. Not much has changed; the barefoot kids are bush mechanics now, but Emily still doesn't know if she belongs in the Aboriginal world or the white.
And trouble still seems to follow her. Within hours of her arrival an old friend lies brutally murdered and mutilated, an old enemy the only suspect. Until Emily starts asking questions.
Praise for Diamond Dove:
'Diamond Dove is a great fun read, a crime novel with a true larrikin spirit. That means it has real wit; dry, earthy and with no bullshit. Hyland has written the kind of book we need so much more of in this country. He quizzes the fraught, complex world of the outback with a critical eye but he also paints with rare clarity a picture of both black and white lives that is filled with compassion and affection. It's invigorating.'
— Christos Tsiolkas
‘As powerful as they are, words can barely describe the joy I felt on reading Adrian Hyland’s first novel…His whodunit is a perfectly paced story that brings together everything he has learned from the outback…A study in free and affectionate expression filtered through a rare and very welcome comic perspective.’
— Weekend Australian
'This debut packs a real wallop. With never wavering confidence and flair to make the most seasoned of writers envious, Hyland spins an epic and ambitious mystery set against the vastbackdrop of Central Australia where indigenous and white people live side by side in an uneasy truce.’
‘Sometimes fictional characters seem to spring fully formed from their creators’ heads, and Adrian Hyland’s Emily Tempest is one of them…Hyland’s Diamond Dove is a whodunit, but its sparky irreverence lifts it out of the genre into a class of its own. Hyland has spent many years in the NT, and it shows in every sentence. Emily Tempest is a daring creation, with a foot in both black and white camps, and a hefty kick in each.’
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 28th June 2010
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9