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Ash Island

Ash Island

A Belltree Mystery

The Belltree Trilogy (Volume 2)

Barry Maitland

Minotaur Books

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“One of the best books of 2015!” —Kirkus Reviews on Crucifixion Creek

Detective Sergeant Harry Belltree is back on the job after a near-fatal confrontation with corrupt colleagues and his presence has become a departmental embarrassment. Because of what happened, he can’t—and doesn’t want to—return to his old position with the Sydney Police Department. Instead, he accepts a post with a police department far away and attempts to build a new, quiet life in Newcastle, Australia.


But that quiet life soon eludes him. A corpse has been found buried just offshore on Ash Island and that one body may well just be the first of many. Not only that, Belltree finds himself engaged in some unfinished business from his own past. The car crash that killed his parents and blinded his wife happened not far from Newcastle. Belltree knows it was no accident, but his own investigations lead him to wonder how well he really knew his own parents.

With his wife Jenny now pregnant, a much longed-for event, it’s up to Belltree to decide how he can confront the evil from the past while protecting his loved ones in the present and future.


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ON A NOVEMBER NIGHT in 2013, two kilometres off the coast of New South Wales, a helicopter rises from the deck of a Chinese bulk carrier ship. It has just delivered a pilot to guide the 260-metre leviathan...

Praise for Ash Island

Praise for CRUCIFIXION CREEK:

“Well written with an elaborate plot, this fast-paced novel explores some aspects of the racial divide in Australia.” —Library Journal (starred)

“Nail-biting…Complex, interesting characters will keep readers engaged.” —Publishers Weekly

“A wild ride seasoned with murder, corruption, and other outrages… 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 Reviews (starred review)

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Barry Maitland

BARRY MAITLAND is the award-winning author of Crucifixion Creek, the first novel featuring DS Harry Belltree, as well the acclaimed novels featuring DCI David Brock and DI Kathy Kolla. Born in Scotland and raised in London, Maitland lives in Australia.

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