Chris Hammer - Scrublands
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Tickets available until 06 August 2018 6:00 PM
This event commences at 6:30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.
Fiona Stager is in-conversation with author Chris Hammer discussing his crime novel Scrublands.
Scrublands is set in an isolated country town afflicted by interminable drought on the dying Murray River. A charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, shooting dead five parishioners before being gunned down himself. A year later, accompanied by his own demons from war-time reporting, journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend. His assignment is simple: describe how the townspeople are coping as the anniversary of their tragedy approaches. Just as he feels he’s making headway, the bodies of two German backpackers - missing since the time of the church shootings - are discovered in a dam in the scrublands. A media storm erupts. As events spiral out of control around him, Martin has to risk everything to uncover the town's secrets.
Chris Hammer has been a journalist for over twenty-five years, working as an international correspondent for SBS TV’s flagship current affairs programme Dateline, as well as Chief Political Correspondent for The Bulletin and a senior political journalist for The Age. His first book The River was the recipient of the ACT Book of the Year Award as well as being shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award and the Manning Clark House National Cultural Award. Scrublands is Hammer’s first novel.
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