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The Trespassers

Author: Meg Mundell Publisher/Year: University of Queensland Press/2019 Publisher Description Fleeing their pandemic-stricken homelands, a shipload of migrant workers departs the UK, dreaming of a fresh start in prosperous Australia. For nine-year-old Cleary Sullivan, deaf for three years, the journey promises adventure and new friendships; for Glaswegian songstress Billie Galloway, it’s a chance to put

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Banking Bad

Author: Adele Ferguson Publisher/Year: ABC Books/Harper Collins Australia/2019 Publisher Description For every person with a bank account Against all the odds, Australia held a royal commission into the banking and financial services industries. Its revelations rocked the nation. Even defenders of the banks were blindsided. Few people were more instrumental in bringing about the commission

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See What You made Me Do

Author: Jess Hill Publisher/Year: Black Inc./2019 Publisher Description Domestic abuse is a national emergency: one in four Australian women has experienced violence from a man she was intimate with. But too often we ask the wrong question: why didn’t she leave? We should be asking: why did he do it? Investigative journalist Jess Hill puts

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Eight Lives

Author: Susan Hurley Publisher/Year: Affirm Press/2019 Publisher Description A brilliant young doctor is dead … and someone has to take the blame. Former refugee David Tran becomes the Golden Boy of Australian medical research and invents a drug that could transform immunology. Eight volunteers are recruited for the first human trial, a crucial step on

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Four Dead Queens

Author: Astrid Scholte Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin/2019 Publisher Description Four Queens. A divided nation. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them. Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington is one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves, but when she steals an unexpectedly valuable package from a messenger she is soon entangled in a conspiracy that

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The Girl in the Mirror

Author: Jenny Blackford Publisher/Year: Eagle Books, a Christmas Press imprint/2019 Publisher Description Could Maddy’s life get any worse? She’s moved to a scary new house, a scary new school and when her baby brother comes down with a terrible illness Maddy wonders if there’s evil lurking in the shadows. Help comes from an unlikely source

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Deadly Secrets

Author: HR Kemp Publisher/Year: H.R. Kemp/H Schuster Publishing/2020 Publisher overview Can ordinary people thwart a powerful conspiracy? Shelley Ormond’s life is about to change forever. Her friend, a young refugee, dies suddenly and the federal police have shrouded her case in secrecy. Shelley has never been bold, but she will have to break the rules

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Reasonable Doubt

Author: Xanthé Mallett Publisher/Year: Macmillan/2020 Publisher description We all put our faith in the criminal justice system. We trust the professionals: the police, the lawyers, the judges, the expert witnesses. But what happens when the process lets us down and the wrong person ends up in jail? Henry Keogh spent almost twenty years locked away

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Long Bright River

Author: Liz Moore Publisher/Year: Hutchinson/2020 Publisher overview Mickey Fitzpatrick has been patrolling the 24th District for years. She knows most of the working women by name. She knows what desperation looks like and what people will do when they need a fix. She’s become used to finding overdose victims: their numbers are growing every year.

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Darkness for Light

Author:  Emma Viskic Publisher/Year:  Echo Publishing/2019 Publisher description The third thrilling instalment in the award-winning Caleb Zelic series. After a lifetime of bad decisions troubled PI Caleb Zelic is finally making good ones. He’s in therapy, reconnecting with the Deaf community, and reconciling with his beloved wife. But he can’t escape his past. A violent

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