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Ash Island : Belltree Trilogy : Book 2 - Barry Maitland

Ash Island

Belltree Trilogy : Book 2

By: Barry Maitland

Paperback | 23 September 2015

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Detective Sergeant Harry Belltree, back on the job after a near-fatal confrontation with corrupt colleagues, has become a departmental embarrassment. The solution is a posting away from Sydney and a quiet life in Newcastle.

Or maybe not so quiet. A body's been found buried just offshore on Ash Island; there may be more. There's also Harry's unfinished business. The car crash that killed his parents and blinded his wife happened not far from Newcastle. And Harry knows it was no accident.

The other unfinished business is Jenny's longed-for pregnancy. Which means that now the stakes are higher than ever.

About the Author

Barry Maitland was born in Scotland, studied architecture at Cambridge University and went on to work as an architect and urban design expert. In 1984 he moved to Australia to head the architecture school at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales. In 1994 The Marx Sisters, the first in his Brock and Kolla crime series, was published. Barry now writes fiction full time. He is published throughout the English-speaking world and in translation in a number of other countries, including Germany, Italy, France and Japan. He lives in the Hunter Valley.
Industry Reviews
'An unqualified triumph and Aussie hardboiled crime fiction at its very best.' West Australian on Crucifixion Creek 'A terrifically exciting novel.' Canberra Times on Crucifixion Creek 'Maitland just gets better, and he's long been, if quietly, one of the very best...the writing is lean and top-knotch as always.' Weekend Herald on Crucifixion Creek 'Crucifixion Creek...takes off at a frantic gallop towards a heart-thumping finale that promises only a brief respite. Be prepared to stay up late.' Saturday Age on Crucifixion Creek 'A hard-boiled plummet into damaged lives.' Weekend Australian on Crucifxion Creek 'This is crime fiction at its very best with a local twist.' Newcastle Herald 'A well-constructed and enjoyable mystery that moves at brisk pace. The characterisations are convincing and Maitland, who lives in the Hunter Valley, invests the book with a good sense of place and a nice social conscience.' Beaudesert Times 'Maitland does not flinch from a brutal denouement...Prepare for a long and gripping haul.' Age/Sydney Morning Herald '[Maitland's] pacing and plotting are meticulous...He works the atmosphere of regional Australia with the same sense of authenticity that informed his Brock and Kolla series, creating a dynamic that enables his accomplished work to push against the seemingly rigid boundaries of formula.' Australian 'Pacy and punchy.' Age 'Maitland adroitly balances multiple characters and plot lines, weaving together apparent coincidences into a complex, compelling tale of far-reaching greed and corruption. Armchair travellers will enjoy this foray Down Under, and the heart-wrenching ending is sure to leave them eager for the trilogy's final volume.' Publisher's Weekly

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