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A nail-biting thriller that turns popular true-crime such as Serial and Making A Murderer on its head, Greenlight will shock with twists and turns you’ll never see coming.

'An outstanding debut - confident, compelling, with a surprise around every corner. I loved it' Jane Harper, author of The Dry

Four years ago, in the small town of Birravale, Eliza Daley was murdered. Within hours, her killer was caught. Wasn’t he?

So reads the opening titles of Jack Quick’s new true-crime documentary. A skilled producer, Jack knows that the bigger the conspiracy, the higher the ratings - and he claims Curtis Wade was convicted on flimsy evidence and shoddy police work. Millions of viewers agree.

Just before the final episode, Jack uncovers a minor detail that may prove Curtis guilty after all. Convinced it will ruin his show, Jack disposes of the evidence and delivers the finale unedited, leading to Curtis's eventual release.

Then a new victim is found bearing horrifying similarities to the original murder. Has Jack just helped a killer walk free?

Determined to set things right, Jack returns to Birravale looking for answers. But with his own secrets lurking just beneath the surface, Jack knows more than anyone what a fine line it is between fact and fiction. Between life and death.

Now there's only one option left. The truth.


'A hugely-original premise, a guilt-ridden protagonist, a plot that won’t lie down. A great debut' Chris Hammer

'Such an assured, intricately plotted novel full of mind-bending twists and turns' Candice Fox

'A gripping, densely knotted debut that kept me guessing until the very last page' Mark Brandi

'A killer premise, genuinely surprising twists and turns and an original, deeply memorable protagonist' Dervla McTiernan

'A clever, heart-racing read. Fresh and contemporary' Courier Mail

Reviews

An outstanding debut from an exceptional new talent, this is an absorbing thriller told with heart and wit. Morality and ambition clash on a journey full of twists as Greenlight takes readers from the cut-throat media landscape to a sleepy town full of secrets. Confident, compelling and with a surprise around every corner, I loved it

Jane Harper

Thought-provoking and densely plotted, Greenlight is compelling and timely.

Sydney Morning Herald

A hugely-original premise, a guilt-ridden protagonist, a plot that won’t lie down. A great debut

Chris Hammer, author of SCRUBLANDS

A killer premise, genuinely surprising twists and turns and an original, deeply memorable protagonist.

Dervla McTiernan

A clever, heart-racing read. Fresh and contemporary.

Courier Mail

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780143789871

    September 3, 2018

    Michael Joseph

    368 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9780143789888

    September 3, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

    368 pages

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Extract

Prologue

Previously

It was the dripping that woke her. And the smell.

In the dark – it might have even been night, though it was always dark – she couldn’t isolate the sound. She decided it was important to know this, if only because it barricaded her from her usual first thought on waking: He’s back.

Steady and rhythmic on the concrete floor: plink, plink. Not rain. Rain was the sound of fingers thrumming on a car roof, an almost underwater echo, down here.

Plink. Plink. Plink. Not rain.

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Benjamin Stevenson Q&A

The Greenlight author on the many intricacies and layers of crime writing.