Author(s): Vanda Symon


Vanda Symon's third novel features the feisty young policewoman Sam Shephard who was the central character in her two previous books Overkill and The Ringmaster. In Containment, Sam is training as a detective at Dunedin Central when she is assigned to investigate what seems to be a routine diving accident off the Otago coast. But the forensics reveal that the man didn't die from drowning. And that the body was stuffed in its wetsuit after death. And is there a connection with another incident Sam is involved with, in which the citizens of Dunedin have been pillaging the wreckage of a container ship out at the harbour entrance? As the novel unfolds, our young detective is involved in making sense of a complex web of lies and violence. Who is behind it all? Who are the real criminals?


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Shortlisted for Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel 2010.

General Fields

  • : 9780143202295
  • : Penguin Group New Zealand, Limited
  • : Penguin Books (NZ)
  • : October 2009
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 324
  • : Crime & mystery; Adventure / thriller
  • : Vanda Symon
  • : Paperback
  • : 1109
  • : English
  • : 823.3