Author(s): Sulari Gentill
Shortlisted for Best First Book for the Commonwealth Writers' Price for 2011
Meet Rowland Sinclair, gentleman and artist living in 1931 Sydney. Friend of the Left, son of the Right, he paints in a superbly tailored, three-piece suit and houses friends who include a poet, a painter, and a feminist sculptress whom he has painted nude and hung it in the drawing room. Is he perhaps in love with Edna? If so, she isn't having any.
Sinclair's fortune and his indifference to politics shelter him from the mounting tensions of the Great Depression roiling Australia and taking it near the brink of revolution.
One day in December 1931 comes terrible news: Uncle Rowly has been murdered in his home by unknown assailants. The murder prompts Roland to infiltrate the echelons of the old and new guard. Among them are a few "right thinking men," a cadre of conservatives who became convinced of a Communist takeover and have formed a movement to combat it. In time, Rowland's investigation exposes an extraordinary conspiracy with direct personal consequences.
'Witty dialogue, lively characters, and a shrewd awareness of the times' - MARELE DAY, AWARD WINNING NOVELIST '...historically correct, gripping, no-holds-barred... an enjoyable read' – BOOKSELLER + PUBLISHER '...a thoroughly enjoyable foray into long-ago days... absorbing' – COURIER MAIL '...from the first page to the last, everything flows, woven perfectly' – AMAZON 'A fascinating, highly entertaining read, which I suspect will attract a wide audience in addition to readers of crime fiction.' – ANGELA SAVAGE
Sulari studied astrophysics and then law, and later tossed in her law career to write books instead of contacts. Multi-talented, she also paints, although she will tell you she only paints well enough to know that she should write. Also, Sulari grows French truffles on her farm near the Snowy Mountains, NSW. Sulari was recently offered a Varuna Fellowship. She was commended in the Fellowship of Australian Writers’ 2008 Jim Hamilton Award and was long-listed for the Hachette/WLD writers Centre Australian Manuscript Development Program for fiction writers. Sulari is the author of the young adult adventure series, Chasing Odysseus. Her sequel to A Few Right Thinking Men will be released in July 2011.