Only Killers and Thieves
On Sale: February 6, 2018
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Historical | Suspense
Two brothers are exposed to the brutal realities of life and
the seductive cruelty of power in this riveting debut
novelâ€”a story of savagery and race, injustice and honor, set
in the untamed frontier of 1880s Australiaâ€”reminiscent of
Philipp Meyerâ€™s The Son and the novels of Cormac
An epic tale of revenge and survival,
Only Killers and Thieves is a gripping and utterly
transporting debut, bringing to vivid life a colonial
Australia that bears a striking resemblance to the American
Wild West in its formative years.
It is 1885, and a
crippling drought threatens to ruin the McBride family.
Their land is parched, their cattle starving. When the rain
finally comes, it is a miracle that renews their hope for
survival. But returning home from an afternoon swimming at a
remote waterhole filled by the downpour, fourteen-year-old
Tommy and sixteen-year-old Billy meet with a shocking
Thirsting for vengeance against the man they
believe has wronged themâ€”their former Aboriginal
stockmanâ€”the distraught brothers turn to the ruthless and
cunning John Sullivan, the wealthiest landowner in the
region and their fatherâ€™s former employer. Sullivan gathers
a posse led by the dangerous and fascinating Inspector
Edmund Noone and his Queensland Native Police, an infamous
arm of British colonial power charged with the "dispersal"
of indigenous Australians to "protect" white settler rights.
As they ride across the barren outback in pursuit, their
harsh and horrifying journey will have a devastating impact
on Tommy, tormenting him for the rest of his lifeâ€”and will
hold enduring consequences for a young country struggling to
come into its own.
Recreating a period of Australian
and British history as evocative and violent as the American
frontier era, Only Killers and Thieves is an
unforgettable story of family, guilt, empire, race, manhood,
and faith that combines the insightfulness of Philipp
Meyerâ€™s The Son, the atmospheric beauty of Amanda
Coplinâ€™s The Orchardist, and the raw storytelling
power of Ian McGuireâ€™s The North Water.
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