Paul Howarth’s ONLY KILLERS AND THIEVES
Updated: Jul 10, 2019
This is a classic western story. Two brothers, Tommy and Billy McBride, lose everything when their parents are brutally killed on their small farm in Central Queensland. Spurred on by the district’s largest landowner, John Sullivan, the local Aboriginal population is quickly blamed for the atrocity. With the help of the infamous Inspector Noone and his band of Native Police Troopers a party is hastily put together to hunt the perpetrators down and failing that extract whatever justice they perceive is warranted on whomever they do find. Tommy and Billy are both enlisted to help and the journey into the frontier land of outback Queensland will change both their lives forever.
Paul Howarth brilliantly captures the Australian landscape; it’s contrasts and unpredictability, it’s harshness and it’s sense of home. He pulls no punches confronting an aspect of Australian history that is often forgotten or is just plain ignored. There a times in the novel where it becomes increasingly difficult to read but at the same time these scenes need to be retold and, in the way fiction allows us to, be experienced head on. A novel about Australia I have never encountered before and will not ever forget.
ISBN: 9781911590064 Classification: » Format: Paperback (216mm x 135mm x mm) Pages: 416 Imprint: ONE Publisher: Pushkin Press Publish Date: 23-May-2018 Country of Publication: United Kingdom