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In this stunning sequel to the bestselling Never Never, Detective Harriet Blue must choose - between saving her brother or saving a whole town . . .

The world's bestselling thriller writer James Patterson once again joins forces with award-winning crime writer Candice Fox for a compulsive page-turner in the Australian outback.

It’s not easy being a good detective - when your brother’s a serial killer.

Sam Blue stands accused of the brutal murders of three young students, their bodies dumped near the Georges River. Only one person believes he is innocent: his sister, Detective Harriet Blue. And she’s determined to prove it.

Except she’s now been banished to the outback town of Last Chance Valley (population 75), where a diary found on the roadside outlines a shocking plan – the massacre of the entire town. And the first death, shortly after Harry’s arrival, suggests the clock is already ticking.

Meanwhile, back in Sydney, a young woman holds the key to crack Sam’s case wide open.

If only she could escape the madman holding her hostage . . .

Fifty Fifty

Congratulations to Amy Crespi, winner of the Fifty Fifty competition. 

Reviews

No one gets this big without amazing natural storytelling talent - which is what Jim has in spades.

Lee Child

James Patterson is the boss. End of.

Ian Rankin

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143783114

    June 18, 2018

    Century Australia

    416 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780143783107

    July 31, 2017

    Century Australia

    416 pages

    RRP $32.99

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    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9780143783121

    July 31, 2017

    Random House Australia

    416 pages

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Extract

Chapter 1

She was perfect. And so rarely the perfect ones came, flut­tering out of the darkness like moths into golden light. Swift and uncatchable.

He had wandered the third floor of the car park for a couple of hours now, risking it all for his ideal victim. A number of young women had crossed the little grassy field below where he stood as classes at the university ended and new ones began. He watched them toting shoulder bags and the occa­sional paper coffee cup, blinking in the warm daylight. Then the place was deserted again, and he waited.

It was bright out, leaving a dark shadow in the corner of the parking lot, to the right of the fire stairs. He’d watched a potential girl enter the stairwell, his heart thumping, but she was only halfway up the concrete steps towards him before he realised she wasn’t right. She had a friend on the phone. Cackling laughter. No. He’d know her when he saw her. Big doe eyes. Frightened, down-turned mouth. Thin wrists he could squeeze and twist.

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