Tony Cavanaugh: Promise

Dean Biron

Dean Biron

Dean Biron has a PhD from the University of New England and was co-winner of the 2011 Australian Book ReviewCalibre Prize. He

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Dean Biron

 

Promise
by Tony Cavanaugh
Hachette Australia, $29.99 pb, 327 pp, 9780733628474

 

Promise is set on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, although it might as well be Siberia so far as any claims to historical or social verisimilitude are concerned. Just about every stereotype ever devised in the name of crime fiction has been assembled here, resulting in a story so over the top as to stretch credulity beyond breaking point.

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