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Seventeen men survived the shipwreck of the rum-smuggling Sydney Cove--but only three are picked up on a beach near the isolated settlement of Sydney in 1797. The three men have walked hundreds of miles across an alien landscape. They are distressed and injured. Their accounts of the ordeal are evasive--and conflicting. Tasked with investigating their stories, Lieutenant Joshua Grayling comes to realize that there might be something--or someone--behind the fourteen missing men. And as the full horror of the journey emerges, Grayling begins to wonder whether his own family is also in danger.
About the Author
Jock Serong is the author of Quota, winner of the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction; The Rules of Backyard Cricket shortlisted for the 2017 Victorian Premier's Award for Fiction, finalist for the 2017 MWA Edgar Awards for Best Paperback Original, and finalist for the 2017 INDIES Adult Mystery Book of the Year; and On the Java Ridge, shortlisted for the 2018 Indie Awards. On the Java Ridge was awarded the inaugural Staunch Book Prize, for a novel in the thriller genre in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.