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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

Australian Crime Writers Association Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction (Winner 2016)

ISBN 9781925161175 (Paperback)
9781925163797 (Paperback)
Formats C Format (230 x 152mm) (Paperback)
B Format (198 x 128mm) (Paperback)
Categories New Releases
Award Winning
Great Summer Reads
Crime & Mystery
Book Club Reads
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2015
Pages 344
Rights World
  • Dave warner

    Dave Warner

    Dave Warner is the author of a number of novels and non-fiction books. He also writes for the screen, where he has produced feature films and television credits. He led the band Dave Warner from the Suburbs which released a number of acclaimed albums in the 1970s and 80s. Read more