A deaf private investigator puts his own life on the line to find out who killed his mate, and why.
This book won this year’s Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, and three Davitt Awards – Best Adult Novel, Reader’s Choice, and Best Debut Book. It’s not hard to see why; it’s a great Australian crime read.
Caleb Zelic is an interesting and likeable main character. He’s flawed, not because he’s deaf but because he does everything in his power not to let people he interacts with know he’s deaf, often to his own detriment (and sometimes compromising his personal safety). I wanted to yell at him “Just tell them you’re deaf, dickhead”, more than once. But people don’t like to admit they’re less than perfect, and Caleb is no different in that regard.
The story flows well, with twists and turns to keep you guessing and heart-stopping moments to keep you up at night. I will admit to getting lost a couple of times, as I think I may have been reading when my mind was on other things, and therefore not taking everything in. My bad. This was a very good story, and I’ll definitely be putting Emma Viskic on my list of favourite authors. I might even read this one again before too long.