Harry Belltree's obsessive pursuit of justice has cost him everything--his job in homicide, his marriage and his newborn child. He has nothing left to lose, or so he thinks. Then his estranged wife disappears, leaving their baby daughter behind. The police think Jenny has murdered a man. Harry thinks she's in danger. When severed limbs are found dangling from the branches of trees in a suburban park, Harry's former colleagues are pulled off Jenny's case. It's up to Harry to track his missing wife down on his own. And to lay bare, at last, the extraordinary conspiracy that led to his parents' murder.
"*Starred Review* Maitland, best known for the long-running Brock and Kolla mystery series, wraps up the Harry Belltree trilogy (after Crucifixion Creek, 2015, and Ash Island, 2016) with this taught and haunting story about an Australian cop whose personal obsessions have wreaked havoc on his professional and private lives. After enduring some harrowing events in those first two books, Harry is now confronted with a terrifying possibility: that his wife, who has gone missing, might be a murderer. Darker and more tersely written than the Brock and Kolla books, the Belltree novels are almost hypnotically compelling impossible to look away from, despite the violence on view. Readers unfamiliar with the first two parts of the trilogy may want to start with them before reading this one, which picks up on important plot threads first spun earlier. Up-to-speed readers, however, will be thrilled to get this finale in their hands at last and even more excited as they read it. A stunning conclusion to a remarkable trilogy that deserves a much wider audience than it has so far garnered.--Pitt, David Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"In the stirring conclusion to Ned Kelly Award-winner Maitland's Belltree trilogy (after 2016's Ash Island), former Sydney, Australia, homicide cop Harry Belltree fights to prove that his wife, Jenny, is not the murder suspect Det. Insp. Deb Velasco should be hunting in the death of Terry Palfreyman, one of "those obsessed people who turn up at company shareholder meetings and ask curly questions about executive salaries and unethical work practices." Harry hasn't seen his wife since they separated after she blamed him for the shooting that injured her and threatened the baby she was carrying, but Harry is galvanized by this new threat to the missing Jenny. At the heart of all the trouble is powerful Nordlund Resources Ltd., the company that was Terry's favorite target. Company head Konrad Nordlund has plans to develop Sydney's Slater Park, dubbed Slaughter Park by a journalist after the discovery of multiple human body parts there. Harry also seeks answers regarding the accident that killed his parents in the trilogy's opener, Crucifixion Creek. Fans of hard-hitting crime fiction will be sorry to see the last of Harry. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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