Chris Hammer’s debut, Scrublands, introduced us to world-weary journalist Martin Scarsden and won plaudits worldwide. Now Martin is back, and about to makes a mess of a sparkling new clean slate. He has hooked up with the lovely Mandalay Blonde and her baby son Liam and they’re about to set up home in Port Silver, on the New South Wales coast and far from the dustbowl of Riversend. But Martin and Port Silver have history, and soon he is engulfed by another bloody crime scene – this time, though, it’s Mandy who’s in the frame. Will Martin’s love of her win through, or is the lure of a page one exclusive too much to resist? Read our review here.