Dean Biron reviews 'Promise' by Tony Cavanaugh

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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Dean Biron

Dean Biron

Dean Biron has a PhD from the University of New England and was co-winner of the 2011 Australian Book Review Calibre Prize. He is currently a sessional academic in the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology.


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