One morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty minutes later he lay dead in a watch-house cell. The Tall Man is the story of that policeman, the tall, enigmatic Christopher Hurley who chose to work in some of the toughest and wildest places in Australia, and of the struggle to bring him to trial. Above all, it is a story of two worlds clashing and a haunting moral puzzle that no reader will forget.
Chloe Hooper won a Walkley Award for her writing on the inquest into the death of Cameron Doomadgee, published in The Monthly and internationally. She lives in Melbourne.
Ace detective Brad Chen is lured back to work by the double murder of a Whitlam government minister and the editor of the minister’s political memoirs. Solving the crimes, while searching for a missing friend, Chen is plunged into the murky worlds of international espionage and organised crime.
Stripped of his private detective licence and devastated by the murder of his partner Lily Truscott, Cliff Hardy travels to the US to help Lily's brother's tilt for a world boxing title. In San Diego he suffers a heart attack and undergoes a quadruple bypass. He meets nurse Margaret McKinley, an expatriate Australian who is concerned about the disappearance in Sydney of her father, a renowned geologist who has discovered a way to tap into the massive Sydney basin aquifer, a possible solution to the city's water problems.