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Moonlight Downs (An Emily Tempest Investigation #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the An Emily Tempest Investigation series.


Emily Tempest, a feisty part-aboriginal woman, left home to get an education and has since traveled abroad. She returns to visit the Moonlight Downs “mob,” still uncertain if she belongs in the aboriginal world or that of the whitefellers. Within hours of her arrival, an old friend is murdered and mutilated. The police suspect a rogue aborigine, but Emily starts asking questions. Emily Tempest, a modern half-aboriginal sleuth, is a welcome successor to Arthur Upfield’s classic detective.

About the Author

Adrian Hyland won Australia’s 2007 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel for Moonlight Downs. Its follow-up, Gunshot Road, was runner-up for the Colin Roderick Award for Australian literature. He spent many years in the Northern Territory living and working among the indigenous people. He lives in Victoria.

Praise For…

Praise for Moonlight Downs

"[A] beguiling first mystery."
The New York Times Book Review

“Packs a real wallop . . . An epic and ambitious mystery set against the vast backdrop of Central Australia, where indigenous and white people live side by side in an uneasy truce.”Vogue

“Incorporates geophysical data, race politics and aboriginal spirituality into a seamless, often hilarious stream of narrative. [It] has all the hallmarks of a first of a very successful series with the potential to forge a new sub-genre of detective fiction—that of a feisty, female indigenous sleuth whose intelligence and tenacity prove superior to force and ignorance.”
The Sydney Morning Herald

“Witty, knowing, at times downright hilarious. The plot is absorbing and Hyland’s characters are originals. . . . As Emily Tempest untangles the knot of a murder, she also comes to rediscover her past, her belonging and her self.”
Brisbane Courier Mail

Product Details
ISBN: 9781569475263
ISBN-10: 1569475261
Publisher: Soho Crime
Publication Date: February 1st, 2009
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: An Emily Tempest Investigation
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Created At: 3/7/2014 08:25am
Last Updated At: 5/1/2022 06:10pm

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