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Resurrection Bay : Winner of the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction - Emma Viskic

Resurrection Bay

Winner of the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction

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Published: 1st September 2015
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Winner of the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction and winner of the 2016 Davitt Award for Best Debut Novel, Best Adult Novel and Readers' Choice. 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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Resurrection Bay
 
4.8

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  • Engaging characters (4)
  • Well written (4)
  • Deserves multiple readings (3)
  • Page turner (3)
  • Suspenseful (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
  • Well Written

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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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          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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          5.0

          Melbourne noir at its best

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          from Melbourne

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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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              • 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