Nominated by:

The State Library of Western Australia, Perth

Publisher of nominated edition:

Fremantle Press, Australia

Marlborough Man

Alan Carter    

If New Zealand is God’s work, it is unfinished. It’s still finding its shape and its place in the Universe. I know the feeling. 

Sergeant Nick Chester is in hiding after an undercover job gone wrong. If the rivers aren’t flooded and the land hasn’t slipped, the Marlborough Sounds can be paradise. Unless a ruthless man with a grudge is coming for you, in which case remote beauty has its own kind of danger.

While Nick waits for his past to catch up with him, he and his colleague, Constable Latifa Rapata, spend their days patrolling for speeding motorists and trigger-happy hunters. But there’s a predator at large, snatching children off the streets and it’s not long before the press give him a name – the Pied Piper.

Marlborough Man is a gripping story about the hunter and the hunted, and about what happens when evil takes hold in a small town.

About the author

Alan Carter was born in 1959 in Sunderland, UK. He immigrated to Australia in 1991 and divides his time between the beach at Fremantle and life on a farm in New Zealand’s South Island. He sometimes works as a television documentary director. He is the author of three previous novels: the Cato Kwong series Prime Cut (winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction), Getting Warmer and Bad Seed.

(from publisher)

Librarian’s comments

Set within a stunning New Zealand location, Marlborough Man is a story of vengeance and perversions. Award winning author Alan Carter brings well developed, complex characters to life in rich and atmospheric settings, intertwining politics, culture and crime into a gritty and thrilling novel.

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