NB magazine has teamed up with Pushkin Vertigo to offer a fantastic Christmas treat for fans of modern crime fiction. We are giving away two sets of Emma Viskic’s Caleb Zelic thrillers, Resurrection Bay and And Fire Came Down.

Emma Viskic is an award-winning Australian crime writer. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Resurrection Bay, won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut, as well as an unprecedented three Davitt Awards: Best Adult Novel, Best Debut, and Readers’ Choice. It was also iBooks Australia’s Crime Novel of the year in 2015. Emma studied Australian sign language (Auslan) in order to write the character of Caleb Zelic, whose adventures continue in And Fire Came Down and Darkness for Light, published and forthcoming from Pushkin Vertigo.

Resurrection Bay

Caleb Zelic can’t hear you. But he can see everything.

CALEB ZELIC IS ON THE HUNT FOR HIS FRIEND’S KILLER

His childhood friend has been brutally murdered 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…

And Fire Came Down

A SILENT SCREAM

The woman can only sign two words: help… family. And then she is gone – a body lying dead in the street.

A TOWN READY TO BURN

Caleb’s search for her killer takes him back to his hometown of Resurrection Bay. Centuries of racism have left it simmering with violent tensions, and this summer the bush is as dry as tinder. All it will take is one spark.

WHAT CAN CALEB SAVE FROM THE FIRE?

He is determined to pursue justice at all costs. But everything he loves is in this town. And what if the truth means his world going up in flames?

From Paul Burke’s reviews:

Resurrection Bay is the first in an exciting new thriller series set in Melbourne (I can say that now because I’ve read the follow up And Fire Came Down), it’s gripping and, at times, very funny. Caleb ‘Cal’ Zelic is a genuinely original character, he’s profoundly deaf, which doesn’t define him, it just gives him a different perspective on what’s going on around him. This is a well-crafted thriller with a strong plot and it’s very readable. Cal commands a fierce array of heightened senses – he is sharp and doesn’t miss much visually. Events bring him closer to his ex, Kat, they have a shared status as outsiders (Kat is indigenous Koori and has experienced racism all her life). A page turner.

And Fire Came Down maintains the momentum of the original story. It’s a subtle mix of humour, intriguing mystery, bushfire and a reprise for the best characters from Resurrection Bay – a dark entertaining thriller. And Fire Came Down is moody, atmospheric and at times violent – a thoroughly satisfying read. Caleb Zelic is a private eye with a penchant for sticking his nose in where it’s not wanted, he’s nothing if not resilient, but he’s also a decent guy with a soft side (usually trying to do the right thing). And Fire Came Down is a novel about youth gangs, drugs and vandalism, but bubbling under the surface are more serious issues – racism and violence. Tensions build, bad blood will out. The only question is what will catch fire first the town or the bush? A great read.

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