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Sweet One

Written by Peter Docker


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When a senior Aboriginal war veteran dies horribly at the hands of state government authorities, Izzy, a journalist and daughter of a war veteran herself, flies to the goldfields of Western Australia to cover his death. But Izzy is about to learn that for every action there is an equal and bloody reaction. On the trail of the vigilantes, she finds herself embedded in a secret war that is finally, irrevocably, going to explode to the surface.

‘This extraordinary novel combines the grip and pull of a good thriller with the complexity, intelligence and passion of a writer with plenty to say and exceptional talent to say it.’ Sydney Morning Herald / The Age / Canberra Times

‘Docker has cleverly intervwoven his fiction with the political issue – the treatment of Indigenous people – in a way that demands his audience give it consideration.’ Books+Publishing

‘I think there is a hunger in Australia to make peace with our black past and I think Docker’s one of those authors who’s kind of leading the charge on this.’ Angela Savage Books and Arts Daily RN


Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction (Shortlisted 2014)

ISBN 9781922089755 (Paperback)
Formats C Format (234 x 153mm) (Paperback)
Categories Crime & Mystery
Father's Day 2021
Book Club Reads
Pages 320
Publication Year 2014
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
Rights World
  • Peter docker

    Peter Docker

    Peter Docker was born in 1964 in Narrogin, WA, the son of a motor mechanic, and grew up on remote Lort River Station, Coomalbidgup. He studied creative writing at Curtin University, receiving a BA (English) in 1987, and acting at The Victorian College of the Arts, gaining a Diploma of Dramatic Art (Acting) in 1990. Docker lives in the lands of the Kulin Nations, Victoria, and continues to write about the secret country where black and white Australia meet. He writes about the coming together – or not – of the truth and the lies in Australia, about Australia’s search for its truth, and about the myriad of ways that we can look into our hearts – and find love.   Read more