Submitted by David Whish-Wilson on Wed, 31/07/2013 – 16:07

I just recieved my first advance copies of Zero at the Bone. I posted a copy of the cover on FB, and will add it here shortly – but I’m very pleased to have endorsements on the cover from writers of the calibre of Chris Womersley (who’s new novel Cairo is also due out shortly, and one that I’ve really been looking forward to after Bereft and The Low Road), and Michael Robotham and Adrian McKinty.

Chris, Michael and Adrian described the novel as:

‘Peels back the glamorous façade of the mining boom to expose its inner workings. A beautifully crafted, hard-boiled tale that is taut, menacing and – most frightening of all – completely believable.’ Chris Womersley

‘Full of crooked cops, corrupt politicians and rapacious mining companies. . . I really enjoyed Zero at the Bone.’ Michael Robotham

‘Has all the economy, pace, unexpected humour and local colour we’ve come to expect from David Whish-Wilson. Highly recommended.’ Adrian McKinty

The back page blurb we went for is as follows:

“He put the barrel into his right eye until the spasms of red covered the filaments of dark, and he said it one last time, ‘Sorry old mate,’ and then it was done…”

Ex-detective Frank Swann is now on the outside of the police force – the only way to get justice done in Perth. It’s 1979 and the mining boom is just beginning in Western Australia. The city is a place of celebration – there are street parties, official glad-handing and even a royal visit to commemorate one and a half centuries since colonisation. But behind the festivities a new kind of land grab is going on, this time for mining leases. The price of gold is up and very few seem to be incorruptible before its lure.

When Swann is hired to probe the suicide of a respected geologist, he’s drawn into a mire of vice and fraud that has at its heart a lust for wealth that verges on a disease . . .

The novel’s release date is August 21, with more media to follow. Here’s a link to the Penguin page: