I’m very happy to be able to speak about the next novel after it was announced publicly today.
It’s a crime thriller called Shaming the Devil and will be published by LIttle Brown in the US and Penguin Books in Australia sometime later next year. I’m about to start the edit, so very exciting. The reaction from those who have read this early draft has been humbling. I will talk more about the process leading up to this draft in future posts but probably won’t go too much more into the content, except for the synopsis. As much as I can’t say it’s written in the same genre I’ve been used to before with YA and fantasy, I do believe it carries the same emotional punch with its large cast of characters and as much as it may seem very London, there is a very strong Australian presence in it. I’m hoping that all my readers who have grown up with my work these past twenty years, will love it.
Also, I will be speaking at the Sydney Writer’s Festival down at Walsh Bay this Sunday at 1.30 with Erin Gough, Laurie Halse Anderson and Barry Jonsberg. Very much looking forward to our chat. From past festivals, I would not advise leaving it to the last minute because I have spent many a time as a spectator not getting in.
Here is the synopsis.
Bashir “Bish” Ortley is a London desk cop. Almost over it. Still not deaing with the death of his son years ago, as well as the break up of his marriage.
Across the channel, a summer bus tour, carrying a group of English teenagers is subject to a deadly bomb attack, killing four of the passengers and injuring a handful of others. Bish’s daughter is one of those on board.
The suspect is 17 year old Violette LeBrac whose grandfather was responsible for a bombing that claimed the lives of dozens of people fourteen years ago; and whose mother, Noor, has been serving a life sentence for the part she was supposed to have played in the attack.
As Bish is dragged into the search for the missing Violette, he finds himself reluctantly working with Noor LeBrac and her younger brother, Jimmy Sarraf.
And the more he delves into the lives of the family he helped put away, the more Bish realizes that they may have got it wrong all those years ago, and that truth wears many colours. Especially when it comes to the teenagers on board the recent bus bombing. Including his daughter.
Tell the truth. Shame the devil. Bish can’t get Violette LeBrac’s words out of his head. But what he may get is some sort of peace with his own past as the worlds of those involved in two bombings, years apart, collide into the journey of his life.