Beams Falling

by P.M. Newton
$29.99

Publisher: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd

Publication Date: February 26, 2014

ISBN: 9780670074525

Binding: Paperback

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On the inside, Detective Nhu 'Ned' Kelly is a mess. Stitched up after being shot, her brain's taking even longer to heal than her body. On the outside, though, she's perfect, at least as far as the top brass are concerned. Cabramatta is riding high on the new 'Asian crime wave', a nightmare of heroin, home invasions, and hits of all kinds, and the cops need a way into the world of teenaged dealers and assassins. They think Ned's Vietnamese heritage is the right fit but nothing in Cabra can be taken at face value. Ned doesn't speak the language and the ra choi - the lawless kids who have 'gone out to play' - are just running rings around her. The next blow could come from anywhere, or anyone. And beyond the headlines and hysteria, Ned is itching to make a play for the kingpin, the person behind it all with the money and the plan and the power. Beams Falling is the brilliantly compelling and gritty second novel by the rising star of Australian crime writing. A portrait of our recent past, it's also a compulsive and utterly authentic insight into the way both cops and criminals work. P.M. Newton spent over a decade as a detective in the NSW police force, including time in Sydney's southwest and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Her first novel was the acclaimed The Old School. 'Newton raises the bar for Australian crime fiction.' Men's Style 'Newton has a brilliant way with words - her descriptions of settings so accurate you can smell the markets, the dirty back streets, and the decay...... Detective Nhu 'Ned' Kelly is a wonderful female protagonist - she is complex, likable, stressed, determined and compassionate ... A great read!' Reading, Writing and Riesling 'The greatest strength of this novel, like its predecessor, is the depiction of daily police work. No one has done this better than Newton . . . the crime novel needs to break out of its conventional treatment of plot and character from t