THE BROKEN ONES is the latest dark, gripping, chilling supernatural tale from a highly talented internationally acclaimed Australian author.
It s the near future and the world has descended into chaos. On the surface, everything looks the same yet the unthinkable has happened...the dead have risen.
Everyone is haunted by a dead relative, friend, spouse, or stranger, and these spirits are unshakable, silent and watching. No one is safe. Governments the world over fail to deal with the epidemic, they begin to lose control of their economies and their resources. Their people. Crime is rife, and murders commonplace. But who is responsible: the ghosts or the people?
Finding out is where Detective Oscar Mariani comes in, although it s nearly impossible to run a department when you can t even see half the suspects. His strike rate is embarrassingly low. Then he stumbles into a case that cuts through his apathy and depression, a case that suggests a ritualistic, brutal serial killer attracted to innocent young women at work and one that, unfortunately for Mariani and his less jaded partner, implicates those in high places.
However, if he can solve it, and keep alive himself, he may be able to exorcise his own ghostly shadow, a dead young man who might just have something to say.
Mixing police procedural, suspense and horror, Stephen M Irwin's new book is a compelling, knuckle-whitening ride.
About The Author
Stephen Irwin is an accomplished short fiction author and screenwriter, and has won several national short story competitions. Stephen has also written and directed several broadcast documentaries, including two for SBS s Australia by Numbers series. He is presently a member of the writing team on a new television drama series, 'Crosswires'. His first novel THE DEAD PATH was published in Australia, the UK and the US to rave reviews. He lives in Brisbane with his wife and two young children.
The Dead Path is a truly creepy thrill-ride. You may never want to go into the woods again. [Jeff Lindsay, New York Times bestselling author of Dexter Is Delicious]A riveting, masterful debut. [Irish Examiner]Comparisons with Stephen King are far too frequent in reviews of horror fiction, but in this case, such a reference is valid. [The Guardian]A mind-blowing supernatural suspense thriller. [New Books (UK magazine)]
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 29th August 2011
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.6 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.47