One dead cop, one small island and an impact that will last a lifetime.
When Sergeant John White, mentor, saviour and all-round good guy, is murdered during a routine call-out, the tight-knit world of Tasmania Police is rocked to the core.
An already difficult investigation into the death of one of their own becomes steeped in political complexities when the main suspect is identified as Aboriginal and the case, courtesy of the ever-hostile local media, looks set to make Palm Island resemble a Sunday afternoon picnic in comparison. And as the investigation unfolds through the eyes of the sergeant's colleagues, friends, family, enemies and the suspect himself, it becomes clear that there was a great deal more to John White - and the squeaky-clean reputation of the nation's smallest state police service - than ever met the eye.
The Brotherhood is a novel about violence, preconceptions, loyalties, corruption, betrayal and the question a copper should never need to ask: just who can you trust?
About the Author
Y.A. Erskine spent eleven years in the Tasmania Police Service. She was active in front-line policing and served as a detective in the CIB. She is also an historian with an honours degree in early modern history. Y.A. Erskine lives in Melbourne and is happily married with two dogs.
The Wire meets Underbelly in this tale of police corruption and conflicting loyalties. Erskine should know - this ex-cop worked in covert task forces investigating international smuggling rings. Hers is an explosive new voice in Australian crime writing - a voice which rings with grim clarity.
Number Of Pages: 398
Published: 1st August 2011
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.7 x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.46