The Colour of Shadows

The Colour of Shadows

by Gawain Barker
The Colour of Shadows

The Colour of Shadows

by Gawain Barker


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It looks like paradise, but the northern tropics of Australia in 1980 is a wild place. It's not just the extreme weather, rugged as hell country and dangerous animals. It's the people too.

Seth Kelly is the nicest bad guy around. Dope grower, bouncer, and party animal, he's returned to his home town Cairns to find that new players - Sydney gangs, the Mafia and the most corrupt police force in the country - are changing the rules. When a teenage runaway, a marijuana king-pin, and a wealthy guru enter his life, Seth realises that everything he thought he knew - is now out of date.

Seth's a tough bastard, but the automatic weapons, vulnerable young women, kung-fu kicks, and freaky spirituality are starting to get to him. All he wants is that one big score, a chance to restart the best relationship of his life and to keep the darkest memory in his past right out of his head. Trouble is, what's really got Seth running . . . is himself.

Tough, authentic and drenched in sunshine noir style, The Colour of Shadows is a white-knuckled thrill-ride through an untold time and place. Based on decades of personal experience, extensive research and many interviews, this is the first book of a trilogy that takes place in a world of epic natural beauty, extreme conditions, absolute personal freedoms and some very dangerous people.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780987643018
Publisher: Gawain Barker
Publication date: 05/30/2020
Series: A Seth Kelly Story , #1
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

After a South Pacific childhood, Gawain Barker spent the next three decades cooking up a storm in a huge variety of restaurants, private homes, cooking shows, music festivals and resorts. From TV chefs like Rick Stein and Ainsley Harriott, through to techno ravers and bare-foot hippies, he's worked with the biggest cast of kitchen characters imaginable. His culinary autobiography - 200 Kitchens: Confessions of a Nomad Cook - tells this unique story. For more cooking tales and ruminations on food, enjoy the blog - Now retired from the kitchen and writing full-time, Gawain has the first in a trilogy of crime thrillers out - The Colour of Shadows. Set in the tropics of Australia's wild north, this series takes the noir/private-eye template as a starting point to explore a wild and lawless era - Far North Queensland of the 1970s & 1980s. Through decades of personal experience in Far North Australia, much research, and many interviews with colourful identities, he is recreating an untold time and place. For more on the book - 200 Kitchens and The Colour of Shadows are from Bushbrother books. This imprint can be found at

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