The Twisted Knot
by J.M. Peace, Macmillan.
The new crime writer to watch, J.M. Peace, a Queensland police officer, is a natural novelist. And the follow-up to her debut, A Time To Run, has insider crime knowledge, a swag of recognisable rural characters and an impossible-to-guess plot. Constable Sammi Willis is back from extended sick leave and on anxiety medication, following her abduction by a serial killer. Yet when rumours reach Angel’s Crossing Police Station that a local paedophile has re-offended, it’s time for Sammi to come out from behind counter duty. Shovel and shotgun in the back of his Falcon, the father of the first 12-year-old victim, who later killed herself when her perpetrator was never locked up, is ready to take the law into his own hands. And there’s a big angry mob gathering at the station, as well as an anonymous package containing a hangman’s noose (the twisted knot).