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The acclaimed debut thriller from Australia's most exciting new crimewriting talent.
Finalist for the CWA (Crime Writers' Association) Gold Dagger and John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Awards
The 2nd Caleb Zelic title, AND FIRE CAME DOWN, will be published October, 2018, and the author is already writing a 3rd installment.
Caleb Zelic can't hear you but he sees everything.
CALEB ZELIC IS ON THE HUNT FOR HIS FRIEND'S KILLER
Caleb Zelic's childhood friend has been brutally murdered - fingers broken, throat slit - at his home in Melbourne. Tortured by guilt, Caleb vows to track down the killer. But he's profoundly deaf; missed words and misread lips can lead to confusion, and trouble.
HE NEVER FORGETS A FACE
Fortunately, Caleb knows how to read people; a sideways glance, an unconvincing smile, speak volumes. When his friend Frankie, a former cop, offers to help, they soon discover the killer is on their tail.
IT MIGHT JUST SAVE HIS LIFE
Sensing that his ex-wife may also be in danger, Caleb insists they return to their hometown of Resurrection Bay. But here he learns that everyone - including his murdered friend - is hiding something. And the deeper he digs, the darker the secrets...?
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Resurrection Bay is the first novel by Australian author, Emma Viskic. Caleb Zelic and his partner, ex-cop Frankie Reynolds run Trust Works, a security and investigation business. Their latest case concerns thefts from a warehouse and Caleb has asked his best friend, Senior Constable Gary Marsden, to help out. So when he belatedly gets an urgent text from Gary saying he is being pursued by a “Scott”, Caleb rushes to his aid. Too late. He is the one to find his friend savagely murdered, and while it is quickly apparent to police that Caleb is innocent, there are insinuations that Gary was involved in something illegal. Convinced this is not so, Caleb and Frankie set about proving Gary’s innocence, but each is handicapped to a degree: Caleb is profoundly deaf, and his hearing aids produce only a distant, blurred sound; Frankie is an alcoholic, dry now, but for how long? Two phone calls Gary made to their hometown of Resurrection Bay, just before he was murdered, are puzzling. And their investigations not only have them wondering just what Gary was involved in, but also make them targets for the mysterious Scott. Soon, Caleb is concerned for the safety of those he cares about as he himself has to go into hiding. Viskic gives the reader an exciting page-turner: the plot is original, with plenty of twists and surprises; both the city and small Australian town settings are well conveyed. Caleb is an intriguing character of whom readers will want to see more. His handicap gives him a different set of observation skills, with other senses heightened and occasionally altered perception. The ending leaves some issues unresolved, and there is plenty of scope for further books involving this setting, these characters and their relationships. There is plenty of humour, some of it quite understated. The banter between Frankie and Caleb is often laugh-out-loud funny, as are Caleb’s unspoken observations: “The waitress reappeared with two loaded plates. A layer of charcoal coated everything: bacon, eggs, toast, sausages. Had to give the cook points for consistency…. He tried the sausage. It held none of the usual mystery associated with sausages; this was clearly a product composed of sinew, sawdust and offal”. As well as producing an excellent piece of crime fiction, Viskic will have the reader thinking about disabilities: what we perceive them to be and how we react to them. Resurrection Bay is a brilliant debut novel, and readers will be eager for more by this talented crime writer. With thanks to TheReadingRoom and Echo Publishing for this book to read and review. 4.5 stars
This book had me enthralled from start to finish! It was a very well written and original story that I just couldn't put it down. Wow what an intense story! Caleb is a fascinating character. I can't wait to read more from this author!
Really felt like I was missing events or connections. New twist on a detective that is deaf and so the four star rating. Caleb Zelic character seems a bit bumbling to me in his actions. He is struggling not only with the murder of a colleague but also corruption in the police department that is its own mystery as to who to trust. When he meets with violence and turns to his ex-wife and brother for help the threads of the story get more tangled. "A copy of this book was provided by Pushkin Press via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
Caleb Zelic and his partner ex-cop Frankie Reynolds own Trust Works, a security business. Sometimes they use Constable Gary Marsden for odds and ends of research that might need to be done. Caleb and Gary have been friends, more like brothers, since they were children. When Caleb finds Gary murdered, he vows to hunt down his killer. Internal Affairs get called to investigate if Gary was mixed up in anything shady. They even take a long look at Caleb. As he and Frankie investigate, more people are murdered. Is someone cleaning house? Did Gary have secrets? Was he involved in the drug trade? And how many more people are going to die before Caleb can ferret out the truth? The hunters have now become the hunted. This is an action-filled crime novel. The characters are memorable. Caleb has been deaf since a young child. He has never felt like he fit in, so he persists in pretending not to be deaf. He reads lips, he signs, but very few people know he's deaf except family and close friends. Frankie also her own issues. She's an alcoholic, which cost her her law enforcement job. She's been dry for several years. Any stress and she wants that drink ... badly. There is also humor. Caleb and Frankie bicker like siblings. Some of his observations are downright funny. And when Frankie goes to lecture him, he just turns his head. If he can't see her, he can't hear her. They are truly unique characters that you won't forget any time soon. The story premise is uncommonly good. There are a couple curve balls that will have the reader raising his/her eyebrows. Many thanks to the author / Bonnier Publishing Australia - Echo Publishing /Netgalley who provided a digital copy. The opinion expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.