Jakarta, 1997, and the city is on the verge of a revolution.
Even the Jordan children — Petra, Isaak and Paul — can feel it coming, shaking the edges of their privileged, protected expat world.
Years later, Diana, an Australian development worker, moves to Jakarta and becomes entwined in the powerful Jordans’ adult lives. As the monsoon descends, and the Jordans begin to fall apart, Diana sinks into the half-light of their past, where rumour and religion define the contours of the real, and the rules of the game change according to who is playing.
Set in a global city of poverty, beauty, corruption and extreme wealth, Running Dogs is a novel about power and responsibility; about the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive, and the damage they can do.
'Lyrical descriptions clash with harsh imagery to evoke a world of extreme privilege set among that of poverty, fear and political upheaval, where privilege and wealth are not enough protection from familial secrets and shame. Running Dogs is a powerful and nuanced debut novel.' [Four Stars]
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'Poetically sensuous and vividly evocative...This is a wonderfully nuanced first novel, conjuring up the visceral intensity of a crowded Asian country, where things are done differently, and European cultural sensibilities are of tenuous relevance. Highly recommended.'
Ian McFarlane, Canberra Times
'Wonderfully detailed and convincingly human, Murray's debut novel showcases a promising talent.'
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'Murray is more than just one to watch — she's one to read, right now.'
John Bailey, The Sunday Age, M Magazine
‘Ruby J. Murray has constructed an interesting and complex picture of Indonesia in the 1990s.’
'Vibrant and startling, Running Dogs evokes all the colour, earthiness and glorious confusion of life in Jakarta, a city of passion and constant change.'