Le 7 février 2009, les flammes ont ravagé le bush australien et causé la mort de 173 personnes. Un des incendies les plus meurtriers de l'histoire de l'Australie.
Derrière ce géant de flammes et de fumée se dessine bientôt la silhouette d'un monstre à taille humaine, accusé d'avoir délibérément mis le feu avant de contempler, assis sur le toit de sa maison, les eucalyptus brûler à perte de vue. Dans la vallée minière reculée de Latrobe, dominée par les énormes cheminées de la centrale à charbon la plus polluante du monde, Chloe Hooper se lance sur la piste du présumé pyromane, dix ans après les faits.
Qui devient incendiaire, et pourquoi ? Thriller psychologique documentaire aux allures de chasse à l'homme, L'Incendiaire met à nu les ambiguïtés de la société australienne et aborde de front son rapport à la crise environnementale contemporaine.
When Cameron Doomadgee, a 36-year-old member of the Aboriginal community of Palm Island, was arrested for swearing at a white police officer, he was dead within forty-five minutes of being locked up. The police claimed he'd tripped on a step, but the pathologist likened his injuries to those received in a plane crash. The main suspect was the handsome, charismatic Senior Sergeant Christopher Hurley, an experienced cop with decorations for his work.
In following Hurley's trail to some of the wildest and most remote parts of Australia, Chloe Hooper explores Aboriginal myths and history and uncovers buried secrets of white mischief. Atmospheric, gritty and original, The Tall Man takes readers to the heart of a struggle for power, revenge and justice.
TWO PEOPLE. HOW MANY LIES?
A WOMAN AND A MAN DRIVE AT DUSK TO A RURAL MANSION FOR A FINAL WEEKEND TOGETHER.
IT'S ALL BEEN A GAME. BOTH PLAYERS UNDERSTOOD THE RULES. OR SO THE WOMAN THINKS.
AT THE HOUSE, A NEW GAME BEGINS. A TRAP HAS BEEN SET. BUT HOW AND WHY? AND FOR WHOM?
Kate Byrne is having an affair with the father of her most gifted pupil, Lucien. Unnervingly, her lover's wife has just published Murder at Black Swan Point, a true crime novel about the brutal slaying of a young adulteress. Suspecting the adult account of Black Swan Point's murder to be wrong, Kate imagines her own version of the novel, for children, narrated by Australian animals. But has her obsession with the crime aligned her fate with that of the murdered adulteress?
Compelled by the lives of her nine-year-old students, Kate is a misfit among their parents. And though, in scenes of escalating eroticism, Lucien's father brings her to life sexually, he does nothing to penetrate her obsession with the past. Kate is fixated on the crime of passion that occurred years earlier, less and less aware of her own reputation in the present.
From Chloe Hooper, author of the phenomenal The Tall Man, comes a brilliant novel about sex and money. The Engagement is a taut psychological thriller in which the deft blurring of reality and dark fantasy rivals that of Luis Bunuel's classic Belle de Jour.
Liese Campbell has an engagement for the weekend: to stay with Alexander Colquhoun, the well-mannered heir of a pastoral dynasty, at his property in western Victoria. Liese, an English architect in flight from the financial crisis, now works at her uncle's real-estate business in Melbourne. Alexander has been looking for a place in the city. The luxury apartments Liese shows him have become sets for a relationship that satisfies their fantasies - and helps pay her debts. It's a game. Both players understand the rules. Or so she thinks.
Across the ancient landscape they drive at dusk to his grand decaying mansion. Here Liese senses a change in Alexander, and realises a different game has begun.
This gripping, provocative new novel by one of Australia's finest writers is a psychological thriller for the modern age, one which explores the snares of money and love, and the dark side of erotic imagination. A trap has been set, but how and why? And for whom?
Praise for The Tall Man 'A masterful moral thriller about power, wretchedness and violence' Philip Roth 'The country's finest work of literature so far this century' Robert Drewe 'Life springs from every page of this enthralling book' Helen Garnr 'It is impossible to overstate the importance of this book' Peter Carey