‘Gott’s new book is as close to perfect as a mystery can be.’Christine Cremen, Sunday Age
On Christmas Eve, 1943, the newly formed but undermanned Homicide division of the Melbourne police force is called to investigate the vicious double murder of a father and son. When Military Intelligence becomes involved, Homicide’s Inspector Titus Lambert must unravel the personal from the political.
If only the killings had stopped at two. The police are desperate to come to grips with an extraordinary and disquieting upsurge of violence. For Constable Helen Lord, it is an opportunity to make her mark in a male-dominated world where she is patronised as a novelty. For Detective Joe Sable, the investigation forces a reassessment of his indifference to his Jewish heritage. Racing against the clock, the police uncover simmering tensions among secretive local Nazi sympathisers as a psychopathic fascist usurper makes his move.
The Holiday Murders explores a little-known and sometimes violent corner of Australian history, and finds oddly modern echoes in its paranoia, xenophobia, and ugly fervour.
Hear a series of Robert Gott interviews on ABC Radio National ‘Arts and Books Daily’; with Scribe Publisher Henry Rosenbloom, and with historian Dr David Bird. You can also read an edited extract from the Herald Sun and reviews in the Australian Book Review and The Age.
‘[M]ore than just a pulsating procedural thriller, Gott’s novel presents an acute socio-political rendering of a nation haunted by an underworld of fascism and the bloodshed of war … a fascinating cautionary tale that explores the wonderful bond between crime fiction and the shadows lurking in our collective past.’Scott Macleod, Australian Book Review
‘A spell-binding, fast-paced story … [that] romps along at a rollicking pace … Anyone who enjoys curling up in front of the television to watch Midsomer Murders, Inspector Morse or Phryne Fisher will relish Gott’s work.’Fran Metcalf, Courier Mail
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‘A riveting crime novel that is both intelligent and terrifying.’Angela Savage