Ash Island by Barry Maitland

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Once again, Maitland plots and writes with furious intensity. Though this second chapter in the Belltree trilogy assumes considerable knowledge of the first and ends as inconclusively as you’d expect, it certainly does a fine job setting fans up for the third and final chapter.
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“One of the best books of 2015!” —Kirkus Reviews on Crucifixion Creek

Detective Sergeant Harry Belltree is back on the job after a near-fatal confrontation with corrupt colleagues and his presence has become a departmental embarrassment. Because of what happened, he can’t—and doesn’t want to—return to his old position with the Sydney Police Department. Instead, he accepts a post with a police department far away and attempts to build a new, quiet life in Newcastle, Australia.


But that quiet life soon eludes him. A corpse has been found buried just offshore on Ash Island and that one body may well just be the first of many. Not only that, Belltree finds himself engaged in some unfinished business from his own past. The car crash that killed his parents and blinded his wife happened not far from Newcastle. Belltree knows it was no accident, but his own investigations lead him to wonder how well he really knew his own parents.

With his wife Jenny now pregnant, a much longed-for event, it’s up to Belltree to decide how he can confront the evil from the past while protecting his loved ones in the present and future.

 

About Barry Maitland

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BARRY MAITLAND is the award-winning author of Crucifixion Creek, the first novel featuring DS Harry Belltree, as well the acclaimed novels featuring DCI David Brock and DI Kathy Kolla. Born in Scotland and raised in London, Maitland lives in Australia.
 
Published September 23, 2015 by Text Publishing. 309 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction
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on Aug 16 2016

Once again, Maitland plots and writes with furious intensity. Though this second chapter in the Belltree trilogy assumes considerable knowledge of the first and ends as inconclusively as you’d expect, it certainly does a fine job setting fans up for the third and final chapter.

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