written by George Alexander
UNSW Press | ISBN 9781921401244
Paperback – 232 pages
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An organization called The Cleaners is making threats, just days before the Australia Day holiday in Sydney. The year before, an Aboriginal protester was murdered. Lost in the emotional quicksand of a marital breakup, journalist Alex Tolman finds himself caught up in the events. Written with page-turning energy, but with a flair that allows the reader to linger and savor, this intricately plotted novel is a cross-weave of romantic discord, family dysfunction, class tension, and Indigenous politics. Slow Burn is a work of crackling literary fiction that lays aspects of the thriller over the bones of a ghost story. It is a gritty, contemporary political work based on race politics and framed within a crime and corruption genre novel.