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Resurrection Bay

“An Australian thriller at its finest. A captivating read from first page to last”

Jane Harper (The Dry)

Caleb Zelic may be deaf, but he knows how to read people better than anyone. When his childhood friend is brutally murdered while helping him on an insurance case, Caleb vows to find the killer. But he can’t do it alone. Caleb and his business partner Frankie, an ex-cop, start with one clue: Scott, the last word the victim texted to Caleb.

But chasing the elusive Scott leads them back to Caleb’s hometown of Resurrection Bay. And it’s here he learns that everyone – including his murdered friend – is hiding something. And the deeper he digs, the darker the secrets…

Winner – Ned Kelly Award, Best Debut
Winner – Davitt Award, Best Novel
Winner – Davitt Award, Best Debut
Winner – Davitt Award, Readers’ Choice
Shortlisted – Gold Dagger Award UK
Shortlisted – New Blood Dagger Award UK
Shortlisted – Barry Award for Best Paperback US
Best Crime Fiction of the Decade, UK Crime Time
Crime Book of the Year – iBooks Australia’s
Best Crime Books of the Year – UK Financial Times
Top 10 Crime Books of the Year – US Publishers Weekly

Resurrection Bay
Caleb Zelic – Book 1

Clever, funny and totally deserving of the plaudits engulfing this antipodean début. Vividly persuasive characters along with fast-paced, gut-wrenching twists leave the reader craving for the next instalment.

CWA Gold Dagger Award Judges’ comments

Set in a beautifully evoked Australia … Exemplary and humane and full of deeply felt anxiety.

CWA New Blood Dagger Award judge’s comments

This stunning debut deservedly won every prize for crime fiction in Australia last year. It is original and splendidly plotted with a harshness that nevertheless allows humour to intrude.


…superbly characterised cast of characters lifts this well above most contemporary crime


A mazey delight of a mystery

Ian Rankin

This is a terrific book and the writing is sharp, punchy, visceral and propulsive. The story grabs you by the throat from the opening pages and it never once slackens its hold. But what really brings Resurrection Bay to vivid life is the integrity and humanity of its characters. I love the world that Emma Viskic has created, in all its complexity and in all its truth.

Christos Tsiolkas (THE SLAP, BARRACUDA)

Emma Viskic is a very special writer … innovative, exiting, and very moving

Lynda La Plante

Outstanding… a gripping and violent tale with a hero who is original and appealing.


Fierce, fast-moving, violent and yet written with a delightful sprinkling of irony


In addition to crisp prose that conjures up film-quality scenes, Viskic creates a hero who’s a true original and a good person … Resurrection Bay is a stellar read that will appeal to fans of Peter Temple’s Jack Irish series.

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