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Atria Books
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5.2 X 1.0 X 8.2 inches | 0.66 pounds
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About the Author

Christopher Hammer lives in Australia and has been a journalist for over twenty-five years. He has been an international correspondent, the chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, and a senior political journalist for The Age.


"A heatwave of a novel, scorching and powerful. This extraordinary debut, perfect for readers of the magnificent Jane Harper, seared my eyes and singed my heart. Don't miss it."--A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
"Stellar. . . .Richly descriptive writing coupled with deeply developed characters, relentless pacing, and a bombshell-laden plot make this whodunit virtually impossible to put down."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Chris Hammer's powerful debut Scrublands establishes his place among the handful of thriller writers who understand the importance of setting as character, deftly weaving the story of a landscape burned dry and a town whose residents are barely hanging on with a complicated mystery that could only happen in this place in exactly the way Hammer tells it. Fresh and hypnotic, complex and layered, Scrublands' gorgeous prose swept me up and carried me toward a conclusion that was both surprising and inevitable. I loved every word. Highly recommended."--Karen Dionne, international bestselling author of THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER
"Compelling...highly recommended."--Dervla McTiernan, author of THE RUIN
"Scrublands kidnapped me for 48 hours. I was hopelessly lost in the scorching Australian landscape, disoriented but completely immersed in the town and people of Riversend, as the heat crackled off the pages. I was devastated when it was time to go back to the real world. This book is a force of nature. A must-read for all crime fiction fans."--Sarah Bailey, author of THE DARK LAKE and INTO THE NIGHT
"An evocative and compelling page-turner, and a deft unravelling of small town secrets and the legacy of trauma, amid the suffocating heat of a drought-ravaged Australian scrub; I was hooked!"--Paul Howarth, author of ONLY KILLERS AND THIEVES
"As evocative and haunted as the American Southwest, Chris Hammer's Australian-set Scrublands is desolate, dangerous, and combustible. A complex novel powered by a cast of characters with motives and loyalties as ever-shifting as the dry riverbed beneath them, Hammer's story catches fire from the first page."--J. Todd Scott, author of THE FAR EMPTY and HIGH WHITE SUN
"A compulsively page-turning thriller where the parched interior looms as large as the characters."--The Guardian
"Scrublands is the epic novel about rural life ...that we need right now. In its concern with crime beyond the suburban fringe, it sits right up there with the late Peter Temple's Broken Shore, Garry Disher's Bitterwash Road and Jane Harper's The Dry, even as it extends their focus and reach."--Sydney Morning Herald
"A novel's opening moments are there to rivet readers' attention; this one begins with a dazzler. . . we're hooked."--Booklist
"[A] gritty debut....sensitively rendered."--New York Times Book Review
"Shimmers with heat from the sun and from the passions that drive a tortured tale of blood and loss."
--Val McDermid
"Debut thriller of the month (and maybe of 2019)....Beautifully written."--The Washington Post
"An indisputable page-turner."--Associated Press