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    Norwegian crime stories, are, if my rumour mill is correct, all the rage. Both on television and in books or Kindle, (or whatever forms you use to read). It is not a milieu that I have really embraced or come across before. I am a cowardly reviewer; crime is not my passion.

    But this is a good, easy read. Well it must be as I read it in 2 days whilst doing other things.

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    Some books should be prescribed reading for all of those who have partners/family who have been to war. Or for that matter, politicians – but that is another story. You do not have to be a sufferer of PTSD or combat stress or know someone who has, to appreciate this book.

    It takes a profound degree of honesty and courage to write a book like this; particularly as an officer, and an Australian. The stereotype of macho man does not come much higher than that; and I defy anyone to look at John Cantwell’s face on the front cover and not see the emotional scars wreaked by over thirty years serving his country.

    John Cantwell joined the Australian army as a private and rose through the ranks to become Major General. His personal account of those years, commencing with the First Gulf War and his part in it are, both intensely personal and a very realistic account of the madness, confusion and boredom that can be war. He himself admits that part of the problem, as he perceived it, was that he was only at war, on the ground, for a very short time. Therefore, how on earth, compared to other soldiers going out time and time again in merciless heat, in hostile territory, in Afghanistan, Iraq could he be feeling like this?

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    From the first page I was lost in this book. The story follows Inna, a young Jewish orphan who finds herself abandoned by her “adopted family” in Southern Russia during the violence of the early 20th Century.

    Inna travels on stolen papers to St Petersburg in search of a “cousin” she has never met. After a terrifying train ride the country girl finds herself lost in the big city and only with the helpful guidance of a peasant priest finds her way to her stranger “cousin”.

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    Kathryn Brooker has a wonderful life, married to a charismatic and handsome man, Mark. The headmaster of an exclusive school, with an idyllic cottage and wonderful children. Mark is intelligent, amusing, and brilliant. Loved and respected by his pupils, staff and parents. Kahryn is so lucky to be married to him. Kathryn must be so very happy.

    See Kathryn smile. See Kathryn gaze at him adoringly at parent's day. See Kathryn being punched and abused. See Kathryn and her knife, stabbing him to death.
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    Chris Womersley is an Australian born author of crime fiction short stories and poetry and has won several awards for his writing, including the 2008 Ned Kelly Award for Crime Writing, Best first novel for The Low Road.

    A suitcase of stolen cash has brought three criminals together. One has a bullet in his side. One has blood on his hands. One has vengeance on his mind. Each has run from their past. Each will now fight for their future. A modern noir thriller, The Low Road highlights our desire to outrun our demons, and the dark consequences we face when we are forced to confront them.

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