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by Chris Hammer
Publication Date: 13/10/2020
5/5 Rating 1 Reviews
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The gripping new Martin Scarsden novel.

She breathes deeply, trying to quell the rising sense of panic. A detective came to her home, drugged her and kidnapped her. She tries to make sense of it, to imagine alternatives, but only one conclusion is possible: it's the past, come to claim her.

Martin Scarsden's new life seems perfect, right up until the moment it's shattered by a voicemail: a single scream, abruptly cut off, from his partner Mandalay Blonde.

Racing home, he finds an unconscious man sprawled on the floor and Mandy gone. Someone has abducted her. But who, and why?

So starts a twisting tale of intrigue and danger, as Martin probes the past of the woman he loves, a woman who has buried her former life so deep she has never mentioned it.

And for the first time, Mandy finds denial impossible, now the body of a mystery man has been discovered, a man whose name she doesn't know, a man she was engaged to marry when he died. It's time to face her demons once and for all; it's time she learned how to trust.

Set in a Sydney riven with corruption and nepotism, privilege and power, Trust is the third riveting novel from award-winning and internationally acclaimed writer Chris Hammer.  

Thriller / suspense
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'The best Australian crime novel since Peter Temple's The Broken Shore.'
- The Times on Silver
Chris Hammer

Chris Hammer was a journalist for more than thirty years, dividing his career between covering Australian federal politics and international affairs. For many years he was a roving foreign correspondent for SBS TV's flagship current affairs program Dateline.

He has reported from more than 30 countries on six continents. In Canberra, roles included chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, current affairs correspondent for SBS TV and a senior political journalist for The Age.

His first book, The River, published in 2010 to critical acclaim, was the recipient of the ACT Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award and the Manning Clark House National Cultural Award.

Chris has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Charles Sturt University and a master's degree in international relations from the Australian National University. He lives in Canberra with his wife, Dr Tomoko Akami. The couple have two children.

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  • Once again, an excellent Aussie crime thriller.

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    Trust is the third book in the Martin Scarsden series by award-winning Australian author Chris Hammer. Five years ago, before Mandalay Blonde had met Martin Scarsden, she was engaged to a lawyer, Tarquin Molloy. He’d got her a job as a clerk at Mollisons Investment Bank, a job she lost when he disappeared overseas with a lot of the bank’s money. She’s avoided thinking about the whole awful thing since.

    Martin is unaware. Then a voicemail scream sends him rushing back to their Port Silver house, to find Mandy abducted and an unconscious police detective lying on their loungeroom floor. With that, he and Mandy are both thrown into the aftermath of past events.

    Homicide cop Morris Montifore arrives with questions, and some answers: apparently the embezzler’s remains have recently been found in the foundations of a five-year-old Parramatta apartment building. He also reveals that Molloy was an undercover cop.

    By the time he and Mandy have been reunited in Sydney, Martin learns that his closest friend, a journalist with an explosive story in the works, has been killed. Their plan to return to the safety of Port Silver is delayed: Martin feels duty-bound to find out why his good friend and mentor was murdered; and, out of a misplaced sense of guilt, Mandy wants to know what really happened to Tarquin.

    From there, it’s a roller-coaster ride: Martin’s Sydney apartment is trashed and burgled; he and Mandy find themselves dealing with infected phones, and navigating, thanks to a very cluey computer geek, the deep web and the cloud; they encounter petty crooks, crooked cops and a Chicago mobster; there’s an exclusive dinner club that indulges in more than meals, a gun battle in Sydney street, and, within mere pages, three crooks express a desire for Martin to clear their names.

    The narratives alternate between Martin and Mandy, and describe a tangled web that involves lies, secrets, a seemingly universal lack of trust, murder, blackmail, corruption, and nepotism. ASIO gets involved and by the end of the novel, there’s a very blood-thirsty scene and, ultimately, quite a high body count of innocents, the less-than-innocent and the definitely guilty.

    Mandy proves she has been singularly bad at judging who to trust; maybe she’s finally got it right with Martin? The setting Hammer has chosen for this third installment, with its plentiful mentions of Sydney locations, will certainly appeal to those who know the city. Once again, an excellent Aussie crime thriller.
    This unbiased review from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Allen&Unwin.