After the Flood by Dave Warner

EXCERPT: Probably he should have taken more than two weeks off but he kept telling himself he would be better off working. First he went to Queensland near Mount Isa. While he’d never been much of a drinker he gave it a good go. Rum, bourbon, vodka, he tried them all. The thing was, they didn’t dull the pain one iota, he was achieving absolutely nothing, and so he stopped drinking to excess as easily as he had begun. He was being paid more than ever before. It was obscene. The giant company that had written off the deaths of Gabrielly and her fellow villagers with some empty words in the annual report and a sharp pencil on the debit side of the balance sheet was making money hand over fist. China’s appetite for minerals was insatiable. Gabrielly’s life was buried not just under tons of sludge and mud but money, and vexingly, he was its recipient. He sent more money to Gabrielly’s family, quite large sums to various aid agencies. He needed so little himself to survive, his parents were well enough off. None of it made sense. He wished he was a doctor, something useful like that where you could make a difference, join Médecines Sans Frontières and help others like Gabrielly, but he wasn’t smart enough. No profession was more worthless than HR. Human Resources, the very name stank to high heaven of corporate hoo-ha. Humans weren’t resources. They were people who loved, got hungry, cried, swore, laughed, fucked, danced, prayed, sang. And now he did none of these things, so perhaps he wasn’t human himself.

ABOUT ‘AFTER THE FLOOD’: A disturbing, seemingly ritualistic murder on a remote north-west cattle station has DI Dan Clement and his Broome police officers unnerved and baffled. Other local incidents – the theft of explosives from a mine site, social justice protests at an abattoir, a break-in at an early childhood clinic – seem mundane by comparison.

But as Clement starts to make troubling connections between each crime, he finds himself caught in a terrifying race. In a land mass larger than Western Europe, he must identify and protect an unidentified target before it is blown to bits by an unknown terrorist.

MY THOUGHTS: Although After the Flood is one of a series it is easily read as a stand-alone. The story is told from several points of view on both sides of the law but nothing is given away until well into the second half of the book.

Usually I would run a mile from any book that involves terrorism, but in this case the lure of the location won out, and I’m glad I followed my instincts.

Warner has endowed his work with both a great sense of location and of intrigue. There are several different threads to this story, seemingly unconnected crimes. Gradually the threads entwine and it becomes clear that there is a threat to something that may well involve great loss of life. But the question is what and where?

The suspense builds slowly but surely and the twists are subtle but important. The characters are well drawn and complex. I had no idea of who was behind the brutal murder that occurs early in the book or how it connected to the other incidents until the answer was revealed by the author. The tension at the end is high, the ending explosive. That final twist? Totally unexpected, but oh so good!

Warner cleverly weaves environmental issues into the fabric of his story.

A wonderfully satisfying example of Australian crime fiction from an author I hadn’t read previously, but I’ll definitely be looking for more of his books.

Not your run-of-the-mill outback crime thriller.



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THE AUTHOR: Dave Warner is an author, musician and screenwriter.

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