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And Fire Came Down - Emma Viskic

Paperback Published: 1st August 2017
ISBN: 9781760402945
Number Of Pages: 336

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Deaf since early childhood, Caleb Zelic used to meet life head-on. Now he’s struggling just to get through the day. His best mate is dead, his ex-wife, Kat, is avoiding him, and nightmares haunt his waking hours.

But when a young woman is killed after pleading for his help in sign language, Caleb is determined to find out who she was. And the trail leads straight to his hometown, Resurrection Bay. The town is on bushfire alert and simmering with racial tensions. As he delves deeper, Caleb uncovers secrets that could threaten his life and any chance of reuniting with Kat. Driven by his demons, he pushes on. But who is he willing to sacrifice along the way?

About the Author

Emma Viskic is an award-winning Australian crime writer. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Resurrection Bay, won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, as well as an unprecedented three Davitt Awards: Best Adult Novel, Best Debut, and Readers' Choice. Resurrection Bay was iBooks Australia’s Crime Novel of 2015. She has also won the Ned Kelly and Thunderbolt Awards for her short form fiction.

A classically trained clarinettist, Emma’s musical career has ranged from performing with José Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, to busking in the London Underground. Emma studied Australian sign language (Auslan) in order to write Resurrection Bay, and is currently writing book two in the Caleb Zelic series. And Fire Came Down will be out August 2017.

The best!


What a wonderful follow up to Resurrection Bay! I was nervous about reading this book because I'd loved the first Caleb Zelic book so much but it's fantastic. And Fire Came Down is dark and funny and very very tense and I loved every page of it. Can't wait for number three.



Viskic does relationships well.


Having enjoyed 'Resurrection Bay' the earlier Caleb Zelic mystery, there's an unexpected pleasure in finding the sequel 'And the Fire Came Down' is even better. Tighter. Keenly observed. And the character revelation is sustained across the whole story. Like Caleb's dislike of using his hearing aids or admitting he misses crucial facts when his suspects mumble or turn away so he can't lipread. The dialogue which flows in hilarious scenes is a delight, with sub-text. Definitely filmic material. With a plot twist at the end. I like the sustained humour in Viskic's detailed observation of the deaf sleuth Caleb's challenges. A few of the Auslan exchanges are funny, but laughing 'with' not 'at' the victims who try to communicate with Caleb, having been deliberately taught some inappropriate signing by brother Ant. Especially for the word police. The relationship between the two brothers is realistic, with understated acceptance of each others' weaknesses. Viskic does relationships well. The ex-wife and artist Kat with her indigenous family connections is a strong and likeable character as is her doctor mother who looks after the community in a practical way. Older women like Aunty Eileen are pragmatic about dealing with the troubles of the youth of their community and the compromises which need to be made. Caleb is loyal and a romantic, but he gets 'used' at times. There's lots of apparently pointless driving around based on hunches but also insights into country town prejudices and racial violence. Violence and poor diet is a strong part of the 'hard-boiled' detective tradition, even though Caleb is a new styled sleuth. I like his resourcefulness in solving problems in quirky ways. He notices 'stuff' which the reader thinks is inconsequential and then the writer uses that observation like the address labels to advance the plot or justify a later twist. The heat permeates the novel and links to the fire in the title.



A heart stopping sequel to Resurrection Bay


Caleb is back and is just as engaging as in his first outing, "Resurrection Bay". Viskic's writing is drag-you-along-by-the-heart thrilling, and her characters feel very real. There was a lot of anticipation around this book - would it live up to the first? It has. IT HAS. I would love to say more, but can't think of a thing that wouldn't be a spoiler. Grab a copy, strap in, and hang on, as Caleb's life seems to get even more chaotic and dangerous with every turn of the page. Lots of swearing, unflinching portrayals of the venality of human nature, and at the heart, Caleb. The marvellous, flawed hero.

Melbourne Australia


And Fire Came Down

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ISBN: 9781760402945
ISBN-10: 176040294X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st August 2017
Publisher: Bonnier Echo
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3

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