And Fire Came Down

And Fire Came Down 1

by Emma Viskic

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/08/2017

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RRP  $29.99 $24.18

Deaf since early childhood, Caleb Zelic used to meet life head-on.

Now he’s struggling just to get through the day. His best mate is dead, his ex-wife, Kat, is avoiding him, and nightmares haunt his waking hours.

But when a young woman is killed after pleading for his help in sign language, Caleb is determined to find out who she was.

And the trail leads straight to his hometown, Resurrection Bay. The town is on bushfire alert and simmering with racial tensions.

As he delves deeper, Caleb uncovers secrets that could threaten his life and any chance of reuniting with Kat. Driven by his demons, he pushes on. But who is he willing to sacrifice along the way?

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Emma Viskic

Emma Viskic is an award-winning Australian crime writer. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Resurrection Bay, won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, as well as an unprecedented three Davitt Awards: Best Adult Novel, Best Debut, and Readers' Choice.

Resurrection Bay was iBooks Australia’s Crime Novel of 2015. She has also won the Ned Kelly and Thunderbolt Awards for her short form fiction.

A classically trained clarinettist, Emma’s musical career has ranged from performing with José Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, to busking in the London Underground.

Emma studied Australian sign language (Auslan) in order to write Resurrection Bay, and is currently writing book two in the Caleb Zelic series. And Fire Came Down will be out August 2017.

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  • A dazzling sequel from a talented author.

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    And Fire Came Down is the second Caleb Zelic thriller by award-winning Australian author, Emma Viskic. Out for a run in the Melbourne dusk, Caleb Zelic is accosted by a dubious type who, knowing his name and address, manages to draw him to a dark alley where a jittery young woman waits. It seems she wants his help, but a sudden attack by a tattooed tough has her fleeing before he can find out why. Caleb follows, but watches in horror as her flight takes her into the path of a van. Her dying words are cryptic, moreso because Caleb isn’t wearing his aids and lip-reading is never an exact skill.

    Who sent this anonymous young woman to him? And why? She used some basic sign language, but neither his estranged wife nor his brother know. One small clue sends him back to Resurrection Bay for answers. His intentions to stay with Ant and his girl, Etty, in their childhood home need revision when his investigations seem to provoke a violent response from an unknown quarter. But Caleb is determined to find out the who and the why of it. The reappearance of his ex-business partner, Frankie Reynolds adds to his confusion.

    As Resurrection Bay simmers through a blistering summer, bushfires are not the only things flaring up. Race-directed violence is on the rise, and the once-dry aboriginal mission, Bellville is plagued by an ice epidemic. Caleb is convinced that the Copperhead bikie gang is controlling the drug trade, but is it smart to go blundering in? Is it wise to be courting danger, especially now that his wife, Kat has indicated there may be a chance for their failing marriage?

    Once again, Viskic gives the reader a fast-paced thriller that is topical and relevant. Her protagonist is an appealing character for all his flaws, and with his deafness, presents an interesting perspective. There is plenty of humour, some of it quite dark: the dry wit that makes up the interactions between the brothers is an absolute delight, and Tedesco’s attempts at signing are very amusing. Caleb gets distracted by a school of red herrings, and the revelations of the last pages will leave the reader gasping.

    While this novel could be read as a stand-alone, it contains many spoilers for the first book, Resurrection Bay, so reading the series in order is recommended. Once again, there are several loose ends, ensuring plenty of material for a third book, and fans will be hoping Viskic does not leave them waiting too long. A dazzling sequel from a talented author.
    With thanks to Echo Publishing for this copy to read and review.