12-14 Sept 2024, State Library of NSW

Chris Hammer strikes again!

A new book from Chris Hammer is a big event, especially when he’s moving to an outback opal mining town and taking some of his characters from his previous three bestsellers with him.

Join BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival to hear Chris talk online about the brand new Treasures and Dirt with Tim Ayliffe. 

In this stunning standalone thriller, a miner is found crucified and left to rot down his mine in the desolate outback opal mining town of Finnigans Gap. Nothing about the death is straightforward, not even who found the body.

Sydney homicide detective Ivan Lucic (from the pages of Trust) is sent from Sydney to investigate, and assigned young investigator Nell Buchanan who has her own history in the town. The more secrets Ivan and Nell uncover, the more complicated the mystery becomes. Previous deaths, mining takeovers, pushy billionaires, religious fanatics with a secret cult muddy the waters. Even their own integrity is questioned, as events from years ago take on a startling new significance.

Will they find the killer before their own careers are damaged or ended?

Chris Hammer

Chris Hammer was a political journalist and foreign correspondent for more than thirty years, before turning to crime. Treasure and Dirt is his latest book His first novel Scrublands won the prestigious UK Crime Writers New Blood Dagger for the best debut published in the United Kingdom during 2019. Silver was published in 2019 and was shortlisted for Best General Fiction at the Australian Book Industry Awards, shortlisted for the 2020 ABA Booksellers’ Choice Book of the Year Award, and longlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award. Trust was published in 2020 and was longlisted for Best General Fiction at the Australian Book Industry Awards.

Image Credit: © Mike Bowers

Tim Ayliffe

Tim Ayliffe has been a journalist for more than 20 years and is the Managing Editor of Television and Video for ABC News and the former Executive Producer of News Breakfast. He has travelled widely and before joining the ABC he worked in London for British Sky News. A few years ago he turned his hand to writing global crime thrillers featuring former foreign correspondent John Bailey. He is the author of The Greater Good, State of Fear and his latest thriller The Enemy Within was published in August. When he’s not writing or chasing news stories Tim rides bikes and surfs. He lives in Sydney.

Image Credit: © Courtney King Photography

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