From the author of the best-selling Once Were Warriors, a powerful story of love between father and son, of contrasting ways of looking at the world and of revenge.
This is the sequel to Alan Duff's successful STATE WARD, written first for radio and then as a novel. We left Charlie and George watching a burning house, having escaped the Riverton Boys' Home. But for how long are they able to taste freedom? Where does Charlie go next? Alan Duff was born in Rotorua in 1950 and now lives in Havelock North with his wife and younger children. He has published six previous novels (ONCE WERE WARRIORS, ONE NIGHT OUT STEALING, WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED?, BOTH SIDS OF THE MOON, SZABAD and JAKE'S LONG SHADOW), a novella (STATE WARD) and three non-fiction works (MAORI: THE CRISIS AND THE CHALLENGE, OUT OF THE MISTS AND STEAM, and ALAN DUFF'S MAORI HEROES). ONCE WERE WARRIORS won the PEN Best First Book for Fiction Award and along with WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEART? was made into an internationally acclaimed film for which he wrote the original screenplay. He works as a full-time writer.
“Frederick's Coat is a novel about sin, redemption and revenge and Duff brings a lot of power to it. . . .Johno has to make a decision to live or die, to surface or sink, to accept or to deny. And that's the great trademark of Duff's writing - the moral calls that must be made.”
Quentin Johnson, Weekend Press, Christchurch
“Violence is an integral part of the tale, but there is a commendable restraint that gives the writing all the more power. All-in-all, Frederick's Coat is an impressive return to form.”
John McCrystal, Weekend Herald
“Does Frederick's Coat work? Mostly. It's certainly a page-turner. I read it within two days of getting it. I wasn't entirely convinced by the relatively brief account of the process of Danny's downfall, butJohno, Danny and Frederick come across as fairly full, convincing characters and the message that, with extreme discipline, some people at least can escape their backgrounds is uplifting.”
Gavin McLean, Otago Daily Times
“This is a superb novel. It deals with the real questions in life. If Duffy ever went away, this novel proves he is back.”
Dorothy Alexander, Manawatu Standard
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel
Finalist • 2014 • Ngai Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel