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Resurrection Bay - Emma Viskic

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Caleb Zelic, profoundly deaf since early childhood, has always lived on the outside – watching, picking up tell-tale signs people hide in a smile, a cough, a kiss.

When a childhood friend is murdered, a sense of guilt and a determination to prove his own innocence sends Caleb on a hunt for the killer. But he can’t do it alone. Caleb and his troubled friend Frankie, an ex-cop, start with one clue: Scott, the last word the murder victim texted to Caleb. But Scott is always one step ahead.

This gripping, original and fast-paced crime thriller is set between a big city and a small coastal town, Resurrection Bay, where Caleb is forced to confront painful memories. Caleb is a memorable protagonist who refuses to let his deafness limit his opportunities or his participation in the investigation. But does his persistence border on stubbornness? And at what cost? As he delves deeper into the investigation Caleb uncovers unwelcome truths about his murdered friend – and himself.

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4.6

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  • Page turner (4)
  • Suspenseful (4)
  • Deserves multiple readings (3)

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5.0

Loved it!

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from Australia

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
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      Comments about Resurrection Bay:

      Loved, loved, loved this book. Its main character, Caleb Zelic, is very different but also relatable. A fast and thrilling plot that is very funny in parts.

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      4.0

      A locally set (Melbourne) crime novel

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      from Sydney

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          Comments about Resurrection Bay:

          A nice little crime novel with a few unexpected (and some expected) twists and turns. A quick and easy read with interesting characters and a local storyline (Australia) to add a bit more interest. Worth a read for anyone who likes this genre of books.

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          4.0

          a brilliant debut novel

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          from Thirroul NSW

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          • Page Turner
          • Suspenseful
          • Well Written

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            Comments about Resurrection Bay:

            Resurrection Bay is the first novel by Australian author, Emma Viskic. Caleb Zelic and his partner, ex-cop Frankie Reynolds run Trust Works, a security and investigation business. Their latest case concerns thefts from a warehouse and Caleb has asked his best friend, Senior Constable Gary Marsden, to help out. So when he belatedly gets an urgent text from Gary saying he is being pursued by a "Scott", Caleb rushes to his aid. Too late. He is the one to find his friend savagely murdered, and while it is quickly apparent to police that Caleb is innocent, there are insinuations that Gary was involved in something illegal.

            Convinced this is not so, Caleb and Frankie set about proving Gary's innocence, but each is handicapped to a degree: Caleb is profoundly deaf, and his hearing aids produce only a distant, blurred sound; Frankie is an alcoholic, dry now, but for how long? Two phone calls Gary made to their hometown of Resurrection Bay, just before he was murdered, are puzzling. And their investigations not only have them wondering just what Gary was involved in, but also make them targets for the mysterious Scott. Soon, Caleb is concerned for the safety of those he cares about as he himself has to go into hiding.

            Viskic gives the reader an exciting page-turner: the plot is original, with plenty of twists and surprises; both the city and small Australian town settings are well conveyed. Caleb is an intriguing character of whom readers will want to see more. His handicap gives him a different set of observation skills, with other senses heightened and occasionally altered perception. The ending leaves some issues unresolved, and there is plenty of scope for further books involving this setting, these characters and their relationships.

            There is plenty of humour, some of it quite understated. The banter between Frankie and Caleb is often laugh-out-loud funny, as are Caleb's unspoken observations: "The waitress reappeared with two loaded plates. A layer of charcoal coated everything: bacon, eggs, toast, sausages. Had to give the cook points for consistency…. He tried the sausage. It held none of the usual mystery associated with sausages; this was clearly a product composed of sinew, sawdust and offal".

            As well as producing an excellent piece of crime fiction, Viskic will have the reader thinking about disabilities: what we perceive them to be and how we react to them. Resurrection Bay is a brilliant debut novel, and readers will be eager for more by this talented crime writer.
            With thanks to TheReadingRoom and Echo Publishing for this book to read and review.

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            5.0

            Melbourne noir at its best

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            from Melbourne

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            • Engaging Characters
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                Comments about Resurrection Bay:

                Res Bay was Readings' 'Crime book of the month' for September and it does not disappoint. We are taken straight into a gripping plot and introduced to a cast of characters who are memorable, believable and complex. This is Melbourne noir at its best. Can't wait for more of Caleb Zelic!

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                5.0

                Caleb Zelic - our new hero

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                from Melbourne, AU

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                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Engaging Characters
                • Page Turner
                • Suspenseful
                • Well Written

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                  Comments about Resurrection Bay:

                  Resurrection Bay is the first novel in the Caleb Zelic series by Emma Viskic. But there is NO WAY it could be her first novel! The writing is so clear and crisp - it never misses a step in what is a thrilling and quite complex story.

                  Caleb is a complicated character himself, written with a wry sense of humour - my favourite kind of crime fiction.

                  The plot has plenty of twists but I didn't get lost - a testament to the style, I feel.

                  I really enjoyed seeing Melbourne on the page, and although I *think* Resurrection Bay must be fictional, it reads like plenty of small coastal towns in Australia.

                  The people around Caleb are interesting and different - and very delightfully human.

                  While the plot is proper crime fiction - and quite blood spattered - the blood is addressed in a way that's not sensational. I have difficulties with a lot of crime fiction when the misery gets 'matter-of-fact' and I didn't feel as though this one did.

                  I have several friends who are hard boiled crime buffs - and I know what they will be getting for Christmas.

                  Meanwhile, I have to wait for book two!

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                  'Viskic has created a genuinely unique and captivating character who deserves a place alongside Jack Irish and Cliff Hardy.'
                  P.M. Newton, author of The Old School and Beams Falling

                  ISBN: 9781760068769
                  ISBN-10: 1760068764
                  Audience: General
                  Format: Paperback
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 192
                  Published: 1st September 2015
                  Country of Publication: AU
                  Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3