The Swan Island Connection by Dorothy Johnston (Print)


The Swan Island Connection by Dorothy Johnston (Print)


All children were a mixture of innocence and guile, Chris Blackie thought, but the innocence had been squashed out of Bobby McGilvrey unnaturally young.

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A shocking murder rocks the quiet coastal Victorian town of Queenscliff, a place where police work usually entails minor traffic infringements and dealing with the occasional Saturday night drunk.

Local senior constable Chris Blackie and his deputy Anthea Merritt fully expect a murder investigation to be handled by the Criminal Investigation Unit based in Geelong. But they’re blind-sided by the interest shadowy figures from the secret military training base on nearby Swan Island take in the case.

Consigned to the edges of the investigation and fearing an imminent wrongful conviction, Chris and Anthea defy their superiors to follow their own lines of enquiry – at great personal risk.

A worthy addition to Dorothy Johnston’s sea-change mystery series, The Swan Island Connection once again brings Queenscliff to life with intrigue and exacting description.

‘Dorothy Johnston has delivered an intriguing blend of social observation and crime fiction in her latest novel. The story is spliced with a sharp subplot involving the nearby training base for the Australian Secret Intelligence Service. Another strong contribution to the reputation of the nation’s novelists.’

Brian Toohey