Dark fires shall burn

Description

Inspired by the true events of an unsolved murder. Sydney, 1946. Eleven-year-old Frances and her best friend, Nancy, are growing up in the doglegged streets of Newtown and into a world they do not understand. It is the aftermath of World War II, and thousands of damaged soldiers have returned to their homes, bearing the psychological scars of battle with them. Meanwhile, in the seediest part of the city, fifteen-year-old Templeton lives amid bootleggers, gangs, and prostitutes with his sister Annie and her friends. Threatened by Annie's abusive lover, the nefarious Jack Tooth, they are forced to seek protection from a Darlinghurst madam- the once-powerful grog runner Dolly Jenkins. Soon, Templeton is drawn into an enigmatic underbelly of violence, sexuality, and secrets. When Frances witnesses a shooting one night, these two worlds become inevitably intertwined. Templeton and the girls must grow up quickly and confront the darkness in the lives of those around them. Dark Fires Shall Burn is a superbly atmospheric, powerful debut about justice, vengeance, and the power of grief.

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Details

Author(s)
Anna Westbrook
Format
Paperback | 288 pages
Dimensions
155 x 234 x 21mm | 386g
Publication date
02 May 2016
Publisher
Scribe Publications
Publication City/Country
Carlton North, Australia
ISBN10
1925321223
ISBN13
9781925321227
Bestsellers rank
252,036