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Deception Bay : Book No.2 - JP Powell

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Deceit is usually wrong, sometimes necessary and often the best course of action

American MP Joe Washington and Australian Rose McAlister are swept back together when she returns to join Central Bureau, General MacArthur’s code-breaking group of eccentrics. Brisbane’s Bletchley Park.

Again and again, Joe is drawn to the Brisbane River. A man may have jumped into the river, a code breaker allegedly drowned by suicide, and an arm with an unrecognisable tattoo is pulled from the river at the submarine base.

With Rose’s help Joe follows the clues but he is quickly drawn into another confrontation with Frank Bischof and the Queensland Police.
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"Deception Bay continues J.P.Powell’s magnificent Brisbane wartime saga. Sergeant Joe Washington, an investigator with the Provost Marshall’s Office, returns to crack a mysterious death, and the case drags him into the city’s dark tank stream, filled with predators and conmen, and Joe’s nemesis, corrupt detective Frank “Big Fella” Bischof. Deception Bay reads like a compulsive thriller yet is adorned with Powell’s effortless and often breathtaking evocation of a lost Brisbane city. With The Brisbane Line and now Deception Bay, Powell has built two mighty additions to the city’s literary canon."
Matt Condon

"Enthralling and intriguing, Deception Bay is a finely layered murder mystery. Immaculately researched and full of great detail, Powell’s work depicts a fascinating side of Brisbane in WWII."
Mirandi Riwoe

‘a terrific writer and a great storyteller. The historical detail is simply phenomenal – especially the military and intelligence organisations and the relationships between local and visiting forces, both military and civil.’
Yorick Smaal, Griffith University

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