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The Rip

The Rip 3

by Mark Brandi

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 26/02/2019

4/5 Rating 3 Reviews
RRP  $29.99 $24.25

The new novel from the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of Wimmera

An urban crime novel that slowly and masterfully hooks you in... then shocks with the horrific crime and the dread that the characters you care about aren't going to make it out alive.

It's funny how quick it happens and without you really noticing. Anton said once that it's like walking out into the sea, and you think everything's fine and the water's warm, but when you turn back you're suddenly miles from shore. I've never been much of a swimmer, but I get what he means. Like, being caught in a current or something. A rip.

A young woman living on the street has to keep her wits about her.

Or her friends. But when the drugs kick in that can be hard.

Anton has been looking out for her. She was safe with him. But then Steve came along.

He had something over Anton. Must have. But he had a flat they could crash in. And gear in his pocket. And she can't stop thinking about it. A good hit makes everything all right.

But the flat smells weird.

There's a lock on Steve's bedroom door.

And the guy is intense.

The problem is, sometimes you just don't know you are in too deep, until you are drowning.

Crime & Mystery
Paperback / softback
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Hachette Australia
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Mark Brandi

Mark Brandi's bestselling novel, Wimmera, won the coveted British Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger, and was named Best Debut at the 2018 Australian Indie Book Awards.

It was also shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards Literary Fiction Book of the Year, and the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year. His second novel, The Rip, is to be published by Hachette Australia in March 2019. It is already receiving critical acclaim.

Mark's shorter work has appeared in The Guardian, The Age, The Big Issue, and in journals both here and overseas. His writing is also sometimes heard on ABC Radio National.

Mark graduated with a criminal justice degree and worked extensively in the justice system, before changing direction and deciding to write. Originally from Italy, he grew up in rural Victoria. Mark now lives in Melbourne and is already working on his next work of fiction.

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  • Explores the human side of addiction

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    This is a beautifully written story that really shows the human beings behind addiction. As someone who lives in Melbourne being able to picture the characters as they travel along with Sunny through the streets of Melbourne was an added bonus, the places all so familiar. So many human moments and the eloquent simplicity of a character who just loves her two friends (Anton and Sunny), I really enjoyed this book. Getting a signed copy that I didn't realise I had ordered was a nice surprise.

  • very good

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    much better that his first book

  • Reviewed by Olivia at Angus & Robertson

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    Lovers of last year’s literary crime hit Wimmera should be well pleased to hear that Mark Brandi is back with The Rip, another book as astonishing and captivating as his first. The Rip is remarkably well-named. Like Wimmera, it’s a slow-burn story with a punch that you don’t see coming, set in the criminal underworld of Melbourne. In this world lives a young woman, struggling with the weight of poverty and addiction, who is clinging to the last shreds of a stable life while trying to ignore the signs that danger might be circling closer than she thought.

    This is a bleak but remarkable story of survival, made exceptional by Brandi’s incredible writing. With sparse and striking prose, Brandi weaves an undercurrent of dread throughout the novel that makes us all too aware of how we are only ever a few degrees removed from a world we would rather not see. This is an unflinching look at a complicated life which shows addiction and destruction to have no prejudice. It’ll stay with you for a long time afterwards.