Only Killers and Thieves

Only Killers and Thieves

A Novel

Large Print - 2018
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Two adolescent brothers are exposed to the brutal realities of life and the seductive cruelty of power after a tragedy shatters their family in this riveting debut novel - a story of savagery and race, injustice and honour set in the untamed frontier of 1880s Australia. This is an unforgettable story of family, guilt, empire, race, manhood, and faith.
Publisher: New York, New York : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2018.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780062792099
Characteristics: 524 pages ;,24 cm.

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DPLalyssab Mar 13, 2018

An Australian western set in 1885 with vivid description of the landscape and brutal frontier life.

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Feb 15, 2018

A Wild West type story but set in 1885 Australia. Two teenage brothers with opposite personalities end up traveling across the outback with a dangerous posse on a quest to "disperse" the indigenous Australians. The older brother fits in with the posse and their rough ways. Tommy, the younger, more sensitive brother goes along against his will and his life is forever changed by the experience. The story centers around the conflict of what others want Tommy to believe about the cruelty he witnesses versus his own personal beliefs. Well written with characters you love and characters you hate. Very descriptive portrayal of the violent time and the harsh landscape. Good debut by this author.

Nicr Dec 19, 2017

"There is always a reckoning."

1885. Fourteen-year-old Tommy is coerced by his older brother Billy into a lie that will take him on a hellish journey to manhood led by the sinister, knowing Noone of the Native Police--"the stranger [standing] at Satan's side." Beautifully written Australian western of frontier vengeance and racism.

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