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The Brisbane Line - JP Powell

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As WWII ravages the world and the Japanese Empire has set its sights on Australia, the Americans have come to save us. But not all soldiers are heroes and not all heroes are soldiers.

Sergeant Joe Washington, a US Military Police, loves music and photography but spends his days delving into the sordid and petty crimes committed by the thousands of American troops passing through town.

While trying to find stolen gasoline stores, he is sent to investigate the body of an American soldier found dumped in a cemetery. Suddenly Joe is up against notorious detective Frank Bischof. Although ordered to leave the investigation alone, Joe fears that Bischof is protecting the most likely suspect while trying to pin the crime on an innocent – and intriguing – young woman, Rose. A woman who seems to walk between the parallel worlds of black market deals and Brisbane’s high society

About the Author

JP Powell is an archaeologist and historian with a passion for bringing the past to life. She has worked as a high school teacher, an academic, a National Parks officer, a museum administrator and has excavated in Jordan, Cyprus and Greece as well as leading historical archaeology projects in Australia. Her previous writing includes school textbooks, academic publications, government reports and a biography of the first person to teach archaeology in Australia (Love's Obsession.

The lives and archaeology of Jim and Eve Stewart. Wakefield Press. 2013). In 2017 she was awarded a QANZAC Fellowship by the State Library of Queensland to pursue research into, and writing of, a series of crime novels set in Brisbane during World War II. She lives outside Brisbane.
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"JP Powell’s The Brisbane Line (2020) is set in a Brisbane during World War Two, menaced by the possibility of Japanese attack and filling up with American soldiers enjoying the city’s nightclubs and black market. Sergeant Joe Washington of the US Military Police is trying to supervise this rapid influx that often ends in petty crime, fights and worse. Then a dead American soldier is found dumped in a cemetery and Joe Washington has to deal with the possibly corrupt Brisbane detective Frank Bischof, who may be protecting local suspects."
Paul French, Crimereads

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