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Chris Hammer


Chris Hammer has been a journalist for over twenty-five years. He has been an international correspondent for SBS TV's flagship current affairs program Dateline, the chief political correspondent for The Bulletin and a senior political journalist for The Age. His non-fiction book, The River, published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2010 to critical acclaim, was the recipient of the ACT Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award and the Manning Clark House National Cultural Award. 

Genres: Mystery
Martin Scarsden
   1. Scrublands (2018)
   2. Silver (2019)
   3. Trust (2020)
   Treasure and Dirt (2021)
     aka Opal Country
   Dead Man's Creek (2022)
     aka The Tilt
Barry Awards Best First Novel nominee (2020) : Scrublands

Chris Hammer recommends
She Lies in the Vines (2019)
Benjamin Stevenson
"A hugely-original premise, a guilt-ridden protagonist, a plot that won't lie down. A great debut."
Watching from the Dark (2020)
(DCI Jonah Sheens, book 2)
Gytha Lodge
"A brilliant premise, perfectly executed. A genuine page turner - it kept me guessing right until the end."
In the Clearing (2020)
J P Pomare
"Past and present collide in this taut and unpredictable thriller ... Twist follows twist and nothing is as it seems."
The Safe Place (2020)
Anna Downes
"An outstanding debut. The Safe Place is destined to be a book club favourite."
Black Widows (2020)
Cate Quinn
"Everything about this book - the plot, the characters, the telling - is strikingly original. And highly recommended. Brilliantly imagined, compellingly told, a tale of survival against the odds, told with insight and compassion. The voices of the three wives will stay with the reader long after the book is finished."
The Girl in the Mirror (2020)
Rose Carlyle
"Immensely entertaining, hugely original, highly recommended. Rose Carlyle takes the reader on a wild ride, across an ocean and into the depths of a family riven by greed, jealousy and subterfuge . . . Like sorbet for the jaded palates of hardcore thriller fans."
The Searcher (2020)
Tana French
"A tale of flawed characters, complex relationships and elusive loyalties. Subtle and powerful."
Snake Island (2020)
Ben Hobson
"Remarkable. Ben Hobson's characters are deeply flawed, deeply human and beautifully realised. Part Western, part Greek tragedy, part morality tale—yet wholly original."
Dead Letters (2021)
Michael Brissenden
"Utterly compelling, with Dead Letters, Brissenden joins the top ranks of Australian crime writers."
1979 (2021)
(Allie Burns, book 1)
Val McDermid
"Brilliant characters, masterful plotting and a pitch-perfect evocation of the heyday of newspapers. I loved it."
The Stoning (2021)
(Detective Sergeant George Manolis, book 1)
Peter Papathanasiou
"Outback noir with the noir dialled right up. I loved it."
Wake (2022)
Shelley Burr
"One of the year's best debuts. Intriguing and compelling. Shelley Burr is a bright new talent in Australian crime fiction."
The Woman in the Library (2022)
Sulari Gentill
"Wickedly clever, highly original and thoroughly entertaining - I loved it!"
Dirt Creek (2022)
Hayley Scrivenor
"I loved this. What wonderful writing. Scarily good! . . . Masterful. Australian crime has a new star. The characters of Dirt Creek are rich, raw and beautifully realized. One of the crime books of the year. Intelligent, nuanced and compassionate."
Day's End (2023)
(Paul Hirschhausen, book 4)
Garry Disher
"Disher is the gold standard for rural noir."

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