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About the Author
Paul Howarth is a British-Australian author and former lawyer who holds an MA in creative writing from University of East Anglia, where he was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship. In 2018 his debut novel, Only Killers and Thieves, was published to international acclaim, winning the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for best fiction, and appearing on numerous other awards and books of the year lists.
David Linski (a.k.a. David Ligudzinski and David Atlas) is a graduate of the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia. He has numerous voice-over credits, an extensive theatrical résumé, and has starred in short and feature films both in the United States and Australia.
A gripping novel about conflict in the Australian outback at the turn of the century; beautifully done.-- "Paulette Jiles, New York Times bestselling author"
Howarth brings early Australia to life, bloody warts and all, in an epic tale of murder, revenge, and colonial oppression, with very little room for redemption. The story and his words will stay with you, long after you have finished the book.-- "New York Review of Books"
Everything about this novel is alive-the characters, the setting, and the language. The scenes and scenery last in your mind like the best westerns. And this book deserves that comparison.-- "Amazon Book Review"
Highly recommended.-- "Library Journal (starred review)"
Impressive...While this book has a historical point to make, it also works as a suspenseful mystery and a resonant bildungsroman.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
Devastating and impressive...Howarth skillfully uses the fraying relationship between the two brothers...to illustrate the moral issues at the heart of his story.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Rich in character and period atmosphere, this effective blend of family saga and historical mystery will please fans of Jeffrey Archer and Wilbur Smith.-- "Booklist"
A tale of racial and cultural collisions, family bonds, and murder in colonial Australia.-- "BookPage"
I couldn't put Only Killers and Thieves down. It does what great Westerns do, it drops you inside the ugliness and chaos of Australian frontier life, it educates and horrifies, but also it entertains. Howarth's debut is a powerhouse page turner.-- "Willy Vlautin, author of Lean on Pete"
Everywhere alive with vivid evocations of a landscape as punishing as it is beautiful and vibrant characters who would be just as at home in Blood Meridian or Butcher's Crossing, Only Killers and Thieves compels and convinces from the start. This is a thrilling book, and Paul Howarth is a writer of tremendous talent.-- "Laird Hunt, author of The Evening Road"