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It's 1967, the summer of love, and in swinging Melbourne Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin has been hauled out of exile in the Fraud Squad to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl, the daughter of a powerful and politically connected property developer.

Melbourne's first serial killer is at work and only one man can stop him.

It's 1967, the summer of love, and in swinging Melbourne Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin has been hauled out of exile in the Fraud Squad to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl, the daughter of a powerful and politically connected property developer. As Berlin's inquiries uncover more missing girls he gets an uneasy feeling he may be dealing with the city's first serial killer.

Berlin's investigation leads him through inner-city discothèques, hip photographic studios, the emerging drug culture and into the seedy back streets of St Kilda. The investigation also brings up ghosts of Berlin's past, disturbing memories of the casual murder of a young woman he witnessed in dying days of WWII.

As in war, some victories come at a terrible cost and Berlin will have to face an awful truth and endure an unimaginable loss before his investigation is over.
St Kilda Blues is the third novel in the Charlie Berlin series. Both previous novels, The Diggers Rest Hotel and Blackwattle Creek, won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction in 2011 and 2013 respectively.

'A harrowing thriller with an intriguing setting, this is an excellent outing from McGeachin.' Sunday Canberra Times

'A terrific read with great plot twists, complex characters and a menacing atmosphere.' Australian Bookseller+Publisher

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    9780670075898

    May 28, 2014

    Viking

    400 pages

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    9781742537788

    May 28, 2014

    Penguin eBooks

    300 pages

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Also by Geoffrey McGeachin

The Diggers Rest Hotel: A Charlie Berlin Novel
Blackwattle Creek
The Diggers Rest Hotel: A Charlie Berlin mystery
Dead and Kicking
Sensitive New Age Spy
D-E-D Dead!
Fat, Fifty & F***ed!
Fat, Fifty & F###ed!

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