Stella Hardy, the wisecracking social worker, is back to tackle crooked private contractors, an exotic cattle scam, and a delicious Mushroom Jalfrezi.

All Stella Hardy wants is a romantic country getaway with her artist boyfriend, Brophy. Instead, she must head to the Athol Goldwater Agricultural Prison (aka Arsehole Bogwater) to visit her jailbird brother, Ben, and sort out some ‘urgent’ family paperwork. But Stella has barely set foot in the prison when a prisoner, Joe Phelan, is found dead.

Reviews

HERALD SUN

‘A great read … Wisecracking good fun.’

CANBERRA WEEKLY

‘Very enjoyable, with a great cast of characters and some nice twists.’

ARTSHUB

‘Green peppers Stella’s adventures with sarcastic asides and light political commentary, which leavens the narrative without detracting from the fast-paced action.’

BOOKLOVER BOOK REVIEWS

‘Green has written another edge of your seat thriller. A crime thriller peppered with the desert-dry dark humour I’ve come to love … an action-packed conclusion to a much loved Aussie crime series.’

DEECAREY.COM

‘Stella is every bit the smart-talking, cynical, hardboiled investigator … The gritty descriptions of the city read like a love letter to Melbourne’s colour and edge … The tension grows as the plot unfolds, but there are also unexpected moments of laughter and relief in the form of Stella’s wry and sarcastic observations.’

JANE RAWSON, THE AGE ‘THE BOOKS WE LOVED IN 2019’

‘Crisp prose, rocketing pace, a flawed hero and some of the best jokes in fiction.’

CANBERRA TIMES

‘Complex and entertaining.’