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'A powerful non-fiction novel in the tradition of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood' - Sunday Telegraph
Chloe Hooper was born in 1973. Her highly praised first novel, A Child's Book of True Crime (2002), was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Her Observer article about the Doomadgee case, 'Island of Lost Souls', was shortlisted for the Amnesty International Media Awards. She is also the author of The Engagement and The Tall Man, which won seven major literary awards in Australia.
"Chloe Hooper's masterful book of reportage is a kind of moral thriller about power, wretchedness and violence" * Philip Roth * "It is impossible to overestimate the importance of this book" -- Peter Carey "Hooper fills in the background with a light touch.... She instinctively grasps the most telling detail... This is a brilliant vignette in which one appalling incident illuminates a saga of social breakdown" -- Sara Wheeler * The Times * "Queensland's police force - along with its tourist board - won't thank Hooper for The Tall Man, but the rest of us should. This meticulous, compelling portrayal of the dark side of Australian life deserves the widest possible audience" * Sunday Times * "An important, brilliant, perceptive book" * Literary Review *