Moonlight Downs

Moonlight Downs

Book - 2008 2006
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"Packs a real wallop. . . . An epic and ambitious mystery set against the vast backdrop of Central Australia, where indigenous and white people live side by side in an uneasy truce."-- Vogue (Australia)

"Incorporates geophysical data, race politics and aboriginal spirituality into a seamless, often hilarious stream of narrative. [It] has all the hallmarks of a first of a very successful series with the potential to forge a new sub-genre of detective fiction--that of a feisty, female indigenous sleuth whose intelligence and tenacity prove superior to force and ignorance."-- The Sydney Morning Herald

"Witty, knowing, at times downright hilarious. The plot is absorbing and Hyland's characters are originals. . . . As Emily Tempest untangles the knot of a murder, she also comes to rediscover her past, her belonging and her self."-- Brisbane Courier Mail

Emily Tempest, a feisty part-aboriginal woman, left home to get an education and has since traveled abroad. She returns to visit the Moonlight Downs "mob," still uncertain if she belongs in the aboriginal world or that of the whitefellers. Within hours of her arrival, an old friend is murdered and mutilated. The police suspect a rogue aborigine, but Emily starts asking questions. Emily Tempest, a modern half-aboriginal sleuth, is a welcome successor to Arthur Upfield's classic detective.

Adrian Hyland worked with aboriginal communities in Central Australia for ten years.  He now teaches at LaTrobe University in Melbourne. This is his first novel.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, 2008 c2006
ISBN: 9781569474839
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Hyland, Adrian Diamond dove


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Jun 30, 2015

I can't speak highly enough about this writer. These books are brilliant. I just wish there were more than two of them. He is so sensitive to Aborigine's lives. A very serious author. Someone who is writing about a protagonist and the environment she is working in for the best of reasons. To tell a good story but to make sure that we understand the context.

Dec 08, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed this book set in the Australian outback. Looking forward to reading another of Hylands books.

BasilB Jul 12, 2011

A strong female character and an amazing wild setting make this story a great read.


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