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Title:
Only Killers and Thieves
Written by:
Paul Howarth 
Read by:
David Muscat 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
10 
Duration:
11 hours 16 minutes 
Published:
May 28 2019 
Available Date:
May 28 2019 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9780655604204 
Genres:
Fiction; Historical Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Audible audio 
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Two brothers are exposed to the brutal realities of life and the seductive cruelty of power in this riveting debut novel, bringing to vivid life a colonial Australia that bears a striking resemblance to the American Wild West in its formative years.

It is 1885, and a crippling drought threatens to ruin the McBride family. Their land is parched, their cattle starving. When the rain finally comes, it is a miracle that renews their hope for survival. But returning home from an afternoon swimming at a remote waterhole filled by the downpour, 14-year-old Tommy and 16-year-old Billy meet with a shocking tragedy. Thirsting for vengeance against the man they believe has wronged them – their former Aboriginal stockman – the distraught brothers turn to the ruthless and cunning John Sullivan, the wealthiest landowner in the region and their father's former employer. Sullivan gathers a posse led by the dangerous and fascinating Inspector Edmund Noone and his Queensland Native Police, an infamous arm of British colonial power charged with the 'dispersal' of indigenous Australians to 'protect' white settler rights. As they ride across the barren outback in pursuit, their harsh and horrifying journey will have a devastating impact on Tommy, tormenting him for the rest of his life – and will hold enduring consequences for a young country struggling to come into its own. Recreating a period of Australian and British history as evocative and violent as the American frontier era, Only Killers and Thieves is an unforgettable story of family, guilt, empire, race, manhood and faith that combines the insightfulness of Philipp Meyer's The Son, the atmospheric beauty of Amanda Coplin's The Orchardist and the raw storytelling power of Ian McGuire's The North Water.

'Australia in the 1880s feels like the Wild West in this outstanding debut about the hunt for a family's killers.'
The Times

'Howarth's stunning debut has shades of Cormac McCarthy and Patrick deWitt ... a book that grips from the outset and entertains even as it educates us about an appalling part of Australia's history.'
The Irish Times

'A powerful debut ... The story and his words will stay with you... long after you have finished the book.'
New York Journal of Books