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Crucifixion Creek

Crucifixion Creek

A Belltree Mystery

The Belltree Trilogy (Volume 1)

Barry Maitland

Minotaur Books

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A meth-addicted biker shoots a woman during a police siege. An elderly couple commit suicide on the terrace of their favorite café. An unidentified white male is stabbed to death in the street.

For Sydney homicide detective Harry Belltree, not long out of the military and a grueling tour of Afghanistan, these three deaths appear to be just another day at the office. Until, that is, he identifies the stabbing victim as his own brother-in-law Greg, and journalist Kelly Pool suggests there's a link between the three incidents. It seems Greg and the old couple had ties to the same man, a corrupt money man with a murky past and friends in both high places and low.

Harry Belltree can't get officially involved in Greg's murder, but he's not going to leave it in the hands of others. That's when he goes off-grid to investigate the links between these deaths. That's when things start to get dangerous.

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IN SOUTH-WESTERN SYDNEY, ON a chilly winter’s night, a siege is in progress. The street is very ordinary—suburban, brick veneer and tiled roofs—and the only thing a stranger might notice is the number of houses that...

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Praise for Crucifixion Creek

"Nail-biting." - Publishers Weekly

"Though you'll wonder early and often how Harry can possibly survive for any sequels, you'll hope again and again to be proved wrong." - Kirkus Review (starred review)

"Takes off at a frantic gallop towards a heart-thumping finale that promises only a brief respite. Be prepared to stay up late." - Sydney Morning Herald

"Absolutely top-shelf. Get it, read it, don’t put it down." - Crime Factory

"A Brilliant opening salvo... it was hard to suppress a certain sense of disappointment that there's only going to be 2 more." - AustCrime

"Disturbing and delicious." - Richmond Times-Dispatch

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About the author

Barry Maitland

BARRY MAITLAND is the award-winning author of several previous novels featuring DCI David Brock and DI Kathy Kolla, most recently The Raven's Eye, which was a Library Reads selection. Born in Scotland and raised in London, Maitland lives in Australia.

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