James Brandt didn’t look back when he got away from his rural hometown as a teenager. Now, he’s returned to Kippen for the first time in twenty years because his cousin Tony has been found dead under the local bridge.
The news that Tony has left him the entire family farm triggers James’s journalistic curiosity – and his anxiety – both of which cropped up during his turbulent journey to adulthood. But it is the unexpected homophobic attack he survives that draws James into a hunt for the reasons one lonely Kippen farm boy in every generation kills himself.
Standing in the way is James’s father, the town’s recently retired top cop, who is not prepared to investigate crimes no one reckons have taken place. James must use every newshound’s trick he ever learned to uncover the brutal truth.
A coming-of-age story and crime thriller with a large and gentle heart.
An unforgettable ride
- RRP (AUD)
Mike Burge is an author and journalist who lives in NSW with his husband. His non-fiction debut Questionable Deeds lifted the lid on homophobia in Australia during the marriage equality campaing. Tank Water is his first novel.
MidnightSun Publishing is a small press based in Adelaide dedicated to finding new and unknown voices in Australia and overseas. We publish works in diverse fields and genres including, but not limited to children’s fiction, literary fiction, Young Adult fiction, and short fiction anthologies.