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An Isolated Incident

An Isolated Incident

When beautiful 25-year-old Bella Michaels is brutally murdered in the small New South Wales town of Strathdee, the community is stunned and a full investigation gets underway as a media storm descends. Unwillingly thrust into the eye of that storm is Bella's beloved older sis... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781743538579
Published 22 March 2016 by Pan Macmillan
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Maguire, Emily

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ISBN-13 9781743538579
ISBN-10 174353857X
Stock Available
Status Showing available at publisher; usually ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador Australia
Publication Date 22 March 2016
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Maguire, Emily
Category Award Winning
Fiction
Modern Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fiction
Australian
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 231mm
Spine: 26mm
Weight 470g
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 643822

Description of this Book

When beautiful 25-year-old Bella Michaels is brutally murdered in the small New South Wales town of Strathdee, the community is stunned and a full investigation gets underway as a media storm descends.

Unwillingly thrust into the eye of that storm is Bella's beloved older sister, Chris, a barmaid at the local pub and occasional sex worker, and a woman whose apparent easygoing nature conceals hard-won wisdom and the kind of street-smart only experience can bring.

As Chris is plunged into despair and searches for answers, reasons, explanations - anything - that could make even the smallest sense of Bella's death, her ex-husband, friends and neighbours do their best to support her. But as the days tick by with no arrest, Chris's suspicion of those around her grows.

Also interested in Chris is May Norman, a young, self-absorbed city journalist, who is determined that Bella's murder will be the story to launch her career. But the longer May spends in Strathdee, the more she feels unable to do the job she was sent to do, yet unwilling to leave until she knows how the story ends.

An Isolated Incident is a psychological thriller about everyday violence, the media's obsession with pretty dead girls, the grip of grief and the myth of closure, and the difficulties of knowing the difference between a ghost and a memory, between a monster and a man.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Long-listed for Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Awards: Fiction 2017

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Author's Bio

Emily Maguire is the author of the novels Taming the Beast (2004), an international bestseller and finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Kathleen Mitchell Award, The Gospel According to Luke (2006), Smoke in the Room (2009) and Fishing for Tigers (2012). Emily enjoys a high-profile in Australia as a social commentator, with her articles and essays on sex, religion and culture having been published in newspapers and journals including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Financial Review, The Big Issue and The Griffith Review.

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