Blood Sunset, by Jarad Henry

When the sun lowers itself into the bay and leaves the sky over St Kilda a dark crimson, it’s beautiful and threatening all at the same time. But the tourists don’t see it that way. They only see the pretty colours and the calm water, the restaurants and the palm trees. They don’t see the stabbings and the fights, the brawls and the rapes…

When a street kid is found dead in Saint Kilda, the apparent victim of a drug overdose, no one is very surprised. But detective Rubens McCauley soon realises that there is something more to Dallas Boyd’s death. As he works to uncover the truth in an intricate web of paedophiles, drug dealers and prostitutes, he finds first his career and then his life and relationships on the line.

Blood Sunset is an absorbing crime novel, with the very Australian urban setting and characters a real bonus for Aussie readers. Author Jarrad Henry’s first novel Head Shot was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Awards, and this novel was shortlisted for the Vogel. It is an excellent, absorbing read.

Blood Sunset, by Jarad Henry
Allen & Unwin, 2008

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