Marlborough Man

Written by Alan Carter


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Nick Chester is working as a sergeant for the Havelock police in the Marlborough Sound, at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. If the river isn’t flooded and the land hasn’t slipped, it’s paradise. Unless you are also hiding from a ruthless man with a grudge, in which case, remote beauty has its own kind of danger. In the last couple of weeks, two locals have vanished. Their bodies are found, but the Pied Piper is still at large.

Marlborough Man is a gripping story about the hunter and the hunted, and about what happens when evil takes hold in a small town.

'This is a story of perversion and vengeance, made more gripping by the fact that it is set in one of the most beautiful places on earth ... It is a fascinating mix that only a skilled writer should attempt. Alan Carter succeeds admirably.' Queensland Reviewers Collective

'Carter’s laconic style and small-town chills are excellently placed to ease you into a long winter in front of the fire.' Readings

'Marlborough Man weaves local politics, culture and crime into a story that is gripping and at times brimming with Kiwi humour. The scenery, so beautifully described, could almost be a character in the story.' writingWA

'Plenty of action, some well-wrought characterisation and nice evocations of the Marlborough Sounds make for a good solid Kiwi book.' New Zealand Listener

'There's nary a hitch in Marlborough Man. The characters work, the plot is cleverly executed and the sense of place is visceral. There's touches of humour and self-inflicted jeopardy which are perfectly justifiable ... an absolute stand out book ...' Australian Crime Fiction

'... a terrific read!' Fullers Bookshop

'Carter is back to his best in [Marlborough Man] ...' Herald Sun


ISBN 9781925164534 (Paperback)
Formats C Format (230 x 152mm) (Paperback)
Categories Crime & Mystery
Book Club Reads
New Releases
Great Big Book Read Books
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2017
Pages 312
Rights Australia & New Zealand
  • Alan carter

    Alan Carter

    Alan Carter was born in Sunderland, UK. He immigrated to Australia in 1991 and divides his time between his house near the beach in Fremantle and a hobby farm up a remote valley in New Zealand. He sometimes works as a television documentary director. In his spare time he follows a black line up and down the local swimming pool. He is the author of three Cato Kwong novels – Prime Cut, Getting Warmer and Bad Seed – and of a new novel set in New Zealand, Marlborough Man. Read more