Chris Hammer Meet the Author

8 Nov 2022

ANU/Canberra Times. Meet the Author. Chris Hammer

6 -7 PM Tuesday November 8 Cinema . Kambri Cultural Centre ANU

Chris Hammer will be in conversation with Michael Brissenden on Chris’s new novel Tilt. The latest stunning thriller from Canberra’s international bestselling author, re-unites the two key characters from Chris Hammer’s last novel, Treasure & Dirt, homicide detective Ivan Lucic and Detective Constable Nell Buchanan

A man runs for his life in a forest. A woman plans sabotage. A body is unearthed. Newly-minted homicide detective Nell Buchanan returns to her home town, annoyed at being assigned a decades-old murder – a ‘file and forget’. But this is no ordinary cold case, as the discovery of more bodies triggers a chain of escalating events in the present day.

As Nell starts to join the pieces together, she begins to question how well she truly knows those closest to her. Could her own family be implicated in the crimes?The nearer Nell comes to uncovering the secrets of the past, the more dangerous the present becomes for her, as she battles shadowy assailants and sinister forces. Can she survive this harrowing investigation and what price will she have to pay for the truth? Gripping and atmospheric, The Tilt is a stunning multi-layered novel.

‘A darkly simmering mystery, gorgeously told … Utterly brilliant.’ Dervla McTiernan,

‘Chris Hammer mixes up a heady brew of murder, rural history, old family secrets and modern day terrorism’. Jeff Popple

‘Chris Hammer is in the platinum class of Australian Detective writers. He is an undeniable master of the carefully layered novel, which unfolds remorselessly to reveal the perpetrators of murder on the arid frontier.’ – The Weekend Australian

Chris Hammer is the award-winning author of the international bestsellers Scrublands, Silver, Trust and Treasure & Dirt. Chris has also written two non-fiction books The River (2010) and The Coast (2012). Chris has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Charles Sturt University and a master’s degree in international relations from the Australian National University.

Double Walkley award winner, Michael Brissenden has worked in Canberra for many years in various roles From 2017 to 2021 he was a reporter with the ABC’s investigative television documentary program – 4Corners. His debut political crime thriller, The List was published in 2018 with his second, Dead Letters, published in 2021

Jeff Popple, who reviewed crime fiction for the Canberra Times for many years and is now reviewer for the Canberra Weekly , will give the vote of thanks.

This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop. Books will be available for purchase on the evening in the Cultural Centre foyer. Pre-event book signings will be available from 5.30pm, and available again after the event.


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