A detective returns to his home town to be closer to his daughter, and finds himself investigating the mysterious murder of a loner in the bush.
Before it Breaks won the Ned Kelly for Best Fiction this year. It’s another good Australian read, this one set in Western Australia. The small town, long distances, and extreme conditions become part of the story, and I like that about this book.
The mystery is well-plotted, if a little convoluted at times, but it gets there in the end. The main character is the somewhat cliched fish-out-of water divorcee trying to reconcile job and family, and not doing terribly well at it, but he’s just different enough to be likeable (the setting helps). Give this one a go if you’re a fan of outback crime.