Charlie Jardim has just trashed his legal career in a spectacular courtroom meltdown, and his girlfriend has finally left him. So when a charitable colleague slings him a prosecution brief that will take him to the remote coastal town of Dauphin, Charlie reluctantly agrees that the sea air might be good for him.
The case is a murder. The victim was involved in the illegal abalone trade and the even more illegal drug trade. and the witnesses aren’t talking.
And as Dauphin closes ranks around him, Charlie is about to find his interest in the law powerfully reignited.
Quota, set in a fictional small Victorian coastal town, is a deeply satisfying read. The writing is often beautiful, with words rarely wasted, and the plot builds steadily with great insight into human nature, and a sensitive drawing out of the gulf between law and justice. Serong’s humane depictions of characters, setting and plot make this book compelling reading and a genuine class act.