Madukka The River Serpent

Julie Janson

Aunty June is the proud owner of a TAFE certificate III in Investigative Services. It took her thirty hours to complete online. Now, she has set up her own private investigation service: Yanakirri Investigative Services – Confidentiality Guaranteed.

When environmental activist, Thommo, suddenly goes missing and the police ignore the case Aunty June takes it upon herself to uncover the secrets surrounding her nephew, Thommo’s, disappearance. Corruption, commercial cotton farmers, bikies, racism, water theft, and unreliable local police – Aunty June is really up against it. Lies and corruption are hiding the truth from reaching the surface. And the Darling River, the sacred Barka is running out of water. Aunty June may be out of her depth, but nothing will stop her fighting for her people and her land.

Madukka The River Serpent is a striking novel about family and resistance from Australian Darug Burruberongal writer and playwright Julie Janson.

Janson’s debut into crime fiction throbs with reality.

- Yvette Henry Holt, FNAWN

Step aside Jay Swan. In a first in Australian crime fiction, meet June - the Murri investigator tracking water theft who instead exposes murder.

- Daniel Browning

This is the hard-boiled Australian detective we've been waiting for.

- Sydney Morning Herald

Author interview
Longlisted for the 2023 Miles Franklin Literary Award
Longlisted for the 2023 Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Novel
Paperback & ebook
Indigenous Crime Fiction

Julie Janson

Julie Janson is an Australian Darug Burruberongal writer based in Sydney and Moruya NSW. Madukka The River Serpent was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Davitt Award.

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