'It is the beauty and brilliance of the writing that make this black, bleak tale of hunters and the hunted impossible to put down and a deeply moving reading experience.' - Ned Kelly Award judges
A young petty criminal, Lee, wakes in a seedy motel with a bullet in his side and a suitcase of stolen money, his memory hazy as to how he got there. Soon he meets Wild, a morphine-addicted doctor who is escaping his own disastrous life and the two men set out for the safety of the country estate. As they flee the city, they develop an uneasy intimacy, inevitably revisiting their pasts even as they desperately seek to evade them.
Chris Womersley is a journalist, book reviewer, blogger and writer. His second novel, Bereft, won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year and also the Indie Award for Best Novel, as well as being shortlisted for the 2011 Miles Franklin Award.