The first book in Barry Maitland’s projected Belltree Trilogy, Crucifixion Creek features veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, detective Harry Belltree. The eponymous Creek is a wasteland in south-western Sydney with a bloody history of settlement, including punitive expeditions against the local Aboriginal tribe; race-based riots that ended in the lynching of Chinese market gardeners; and the usual boom-and-bust fortunes of the ever-present Sydney developer. The Creek is now controlled by a criminal biker gang with fingers in every pie from illegal drugs to servicing corrupt politicians and policemen, developers, and paedophiles.
Viki Dun reviews 'Crucifixion Creek' by Barry Maitland
Crucifixion Creek: The Belltree Trilogy 1
by Barry Maitland
Text Publishing, $29.99 pb, 255 pp, 9781922182456
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Viki Dun has worked for Sydney bookshop Gleebooks for more than twenty years. She has published their monthly magazine, The Gleaner, for 7 years. A graduate of Swinburne Film and Television School her short films have been seen in festivals in Europe and America. She wrote the 2nd series of House Gang for SBS TV.
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