Book: Linger and Die by Neil Brookacategories: Book, Escape, Melbourne, Crime Fiction, Convicts, Forgery, William Tulip Wright, John Pascoe Fawkner, Williamstown, Charles La Trobe, Sir George Gipps, Bushrangers, Historical Fiction
Neil Brookaabout this book: 1839, Melbourne, Australia.
Over the ocean, convict boots rattle lamp-lit decks.
Upon a beach, a boy dies in his mother's arms.
From the ramparts of the law, Chief Constable William 'Tulip' Wright smells a rat.
Converging down a path already occupied by the underworld, the crown, and the deepest of human hungers, three convicts must find their way to freedom and fortune, or linger and die under a harsh Australian sun. From the streets of Melbourne to the outback's savaged red heart, climb aboard for a thrilling voyage through the straits between greed and lust, and on to the violent colonial world of mid 19th century Australia.
Although a completely fantastic piece of historical caper-noir fiction, LINGER AND DIE is a work heavily reliant upon historical fact to extrapolate physical possibility. It is not a 'what if', but a 'could have happened' story. Many of the novel's characters, for example, have direct physical counterparts from 19th century Melbourne and New South Wales. Many of the main elements and themes of the plot, too, are based upon facts not made public at the time, or upon rumors and whisperings passed down through the centuries.
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