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Slaughter Park

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The Belltree Trilogy, Book Three

by Barry Maitland

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 03/10/2016

5/5 Rating 1 Reviews
RRP  $29.99 $28.50

The jaw-dropping finale to the Belltree Trilogy, Slaughter Park is Australian hard-boiled crime fiction at its best.

In this, the final book of the Belltree Trilogy, DS Harry Belltree has gone bush. His obsessive pursuit of justice has cost him everything his job, his marriage and his newborn child but then his estranged wife disappears, leaving their baby daughter behind, and he is dragged back to Sydney.

The police think Jenny has murdered a man. Harry thinks she’s in danger. When body parts are found maimed and strewn around a suburban park, his former colleagues are distracted by this apparently unrelated case.

Harry is left to track Jenny down on his own and to lay bare, at last, the extraordinary conspiracy that led to his parents’ murder.

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Barry Maitland

Barry Maitland was born in Scotland and brought up in London. After studying architecture at Cambridge, he practised and taught in the UK before moving to Australia where he was Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle.

He has since retired from the university to pursue his writing. Maitland's first mystery The Marx Sisters was a nominee for the John Creasey award for Best First Novel and The Malcontenta won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction. Bright Air, Maitland's first crime novel set in Australia, was published in 2008.

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  • A brilliant end to an excellent Aussie crime trilo

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    Slaughter Park is the third book in The Belltree Trilogy and the sixteenth novel by Scots-born Australian author, architect and urban design expert, Barry Maitland. Harry Belltree’s self-imposed exile in Queensland comes to an abrupt end when Times journalist Kelly Pool tracks him down to tell him that his wife Jenny has disappeared, leaving their daughter Abigail with her sister.

    Harry hasn’t seen Jenny for almost a year, and has never met nine-month-old Abigail, but he knows there is no way that Jenny could have committed the crime of which she is suspected: the brutal murder of a fifty-four year-old man in Blackheath.

    Harry is puzzled about Jenny’s most recent actions; he has stayed far away to reduce exposing her and Abigail to the danger that always seems drawn to him, but now she appears to be intentionally involving herself in the affairs of the rather menacing Nordlund family.

    His old partner in homicide, Deb Velasco is in charge of the investigation and unwilling to listen to reason; Kelly Pool is more than willing to exchange information with him if it will get her a scoop.

    Maitland’s characters are complex and multi-faceted: while some are exactly what they first seem to be, this is certainly not the case for all of the players. Harry is appealing: a tenacious maverick who will do anything to protect those he cares about, whether that means spending nights in his new baby’s room or other, more violent deeds. Jenny really proves what she’s made of in this instalment, and Kelly Pool certainly goes above and beyond to get her stories.

    Once again, Maitland gives the reader fast-paced tale with plenty of twists and surprises, and more than one heart-stopping climax. This wholly believable piece of crime fiction includes copy-cat murders, stolen generation children, corrupt politicians, developers and police, dog fights and some clever police work. Maitland manages to tie up all the loose ends and resolve the questions that have engrossed readers from the start. The final twist provides a delicious irony. A brilliant end to an excellent Aussie crime trilogy.