In the large inland city of Wagga Wagga, newly appointed Detective Mike Walker notices a pattern emerging regarding the unexplained deaths of the states major villains. He attempts to discuss the subject with his mentor, the tough and grizzled old Detective Sergeant Lindsay Johnson but is warned off. Slightly bemused at the mild rebuke, Walker is contemplating his next move when a crime bulletin arrives, relating the matter of yet another underworld figures demise. The investigating officer is an acquaintance, the upwardly mobile Chief Inspector Allan Muscatt. Walker makes contact with his old friend, and the two agree to meet and probe the mysterious deaths, either officially or unofficially. Meanwhile, Walkers best friend, ex SAS commando, Andy Keyes, along with his Malaysian wife, struggles to eke out a living on a small farm near the township of the Rock, just outside Wagga Wagga. Keyes and Walker are both keen sportsmen, but Andy occasionally lets his teams down when he has to forego sport to attend to business matters. He tries to explain to Walker that business must come first, even if it means leaving the teams short. When Walker and Muscatt get deeper involved in the mysterious deaths of the criminals, they soon realise an outside force is at work. Not only is this force apparently organising the hits, it seems to be extremely high powered and influential. Both detectives are warned off, and as the tense situation heats up, tragedy strikes, leaving Walker faced with an appalling choice. A police computer course suddenly gives Walker a massive clue in the case. Again he must wrestle with his conscience and decide which path to take.
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About the Author
Terry Richardson is a retired fire/rescue officer who lives in Henty, in the Riverina district of NSW. In 1971, after working as a junior postal officer in outback Brewarrina, Terry packed his few belongings, including his prized electric guitar, and headed for Sydney on the slow “mixed” train. In the city he tried several occupations, including railway worker, special constable, truck operator, and trained as a motor mechanic. He joined NSW Fire Brigades in 1982 for a career change. Even in school days at Brewarrina, Terry was a prolific writer, and his varied occupations have enhanced his life experiences, which nowadays contribute to his novels. Terry is a keen supporter of rugby league, railways, and the Australian way of life. He met Linda in July 1971, and they married in 1975. Terry and Linda produced two sons and a daughter and, these days, dote on their ten grandchildren.