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Before It Breaks

Written by Dave Warner


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Detective Daniel Clement is back in Broome, licking his wounds from a busted marriage and struggling to be impressed by his new team of small-town cops. Here, in the oasis on the edge of the desert, life is as stagnant as Clement’s latest career move.

But when a body is discovered at a local fishing spot, it is clearly not the result of a crocodile attack. Somewhere in Broome is a hunter of a different kind.

As more bodies are found, Clement races to solve a decades-old mystery before a monster cyclone hits.

'As Australian as a Tim Tam, this is fine descriptive writing that conveys both the searing heat and vast distances of the Outback.' Adelaide Advertiser

'Warner’s tone is laid-back and laconic, but with sentences as snappy as a nutcracker.' Books+Publishing

'A great read!' Launceston Examiner

'It’s great to see Warner in print again with this ripper read.' Crime Factory 18

‘Dave Warner is not only a well-known musician, but he has also forged a successful career as a crime fiction author.’ Mansfield Courier

‘Gripping.’ Herald Sun

Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction (Winner 2016)

ISBN 9781925163797 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 128mm) (Paperback)
Categories Award Winning
Father's Day 2021
Crime & Mystery
Book Club Reads
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 2nd
Publication Year 2016
Pages 436
Rights World
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    Dave Warner

    Dave Warner is an author, musician and screenwriter. His first novel, City of Light, won the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award for Fiction, and Before it Breaks (2015) the Ned Kelly Award for best Australian crime fiction. His novel Clear to the Horizon features the lead characters from both these books, and his most recent crime novel is River of Salt. Dave Warner first came to national prominence with his gold album Mug’s Game, and his band Dave Warner’s from the Suburbs. In 2017 he released his tenth album, When. He has been named a Western Australian State Living Treasure and has been inducted into the WAMi Rock’n’Roll of Renown. Read more