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Book Cover: Under Cold Bright Lights

‘A giant not only of crime fiction but of Australian letters.’ Ned Kelly Awards


Grace is a thief: a good one. She was taught by experts and she’s been practising since she was a kid. She specialises in small, high-value items—stamps, watches—and she knows her Jaeger-LeCoultres from her Patek Philippes. But it’s a solitary life, always watchful, always moving. It’s not the life she wants.
Lying low after a run-in with an old associate, Grace walks into Erin Mandel’s rural antiques shop and sees a chance for something different. A normal job. A place to call home.
But someone is looking for Erin. And someone’s looking for Grace, too.
And they are both, in their own ways, very dangerous men.


Book Cover: Under Cold Bright Lights

‘A provocative whodunnit that is grounded firmly in the current moment.’ Guardian

Shortlisted, Booksellers’ Choice – Adult Fiction Book of the Year, 2022

Twenty years ago Charlie Deravin’s mother went missing near the family beach shack – believed murdered; body never found. His father has lived under a cloud of suspicion ever since. Now Charlie’s back living in the shack in Menlo Beach, on disciplinary leave from his job with the police sex-crimes unit, and on permanent leave from his marriage. After two decades worrying away at the mystery of his mother’s disappearance, he’s run out of leads. Then the skeletal remains of two people are found in the excavation of a new building site—and the past comes crashing in on Charlie.

Book Cover: Under Cold Bright Lights

‘Disher has been giving us highly intelligent literary thrillers for decades and he gets better and better.’  Australian


 Shortlisted, Ned Kelly Awards, Best Crime Novel, 2018

The young detectives call Detective Alan Auhl a retread, but that doesn’t faze him. He’s always done things his own way and gets results—even if his cases are colder now. Like the skeleton discovered under a concrete slab. Or the old farmer, dead five years, whose death his daughters don’t believe was an accident. Or the doctor who’s murdered two wives and a girlfriend and left no evidence at all. Auhl will stick with these cases until justice is done. One way or another.