A year later, troubled ... An area of land that is uncultivated and covered with sparse stunted vegetation. Scrublands, his first novel, was published in 2018 and was shortlisted for Best Debut Fiction at the Indie Book Awards, shortlisted for Best General Fiction at the Australian Book Industry Awards, shortlisted for the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and won the UK Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Debut Dagger Award. Scrublands is set in a fictional town in NSW's Riverina region during the Millennium drought and follows a journalist's investigation into why a priest shot down five of his congregation a year earlier. Publisher Jane Palfreyman said, 'We are so thrilled that Ian and Martha will bring Scrublands to the screen. Winner of the 2019 CWA Dagger New Blood Award for Best First Crime Novel In an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself. Scrublands.
A shrub is defined as a woody plant not exceeding 5 metres (16.4 feet) in height if it has a single main stem, or 8 metres if it is multistemmed. For fans of James Lee Burke, Jane Harper, and Robert Crais, Scrublands is "a gritty debut...sensitively rendered" (The New York Times Book Review) that marks Chris Hammer as a stunning new voice in crime fiction. Buy the eBook Scrublands by Chris Hammer online from Australia's leading online eBook store. Download eBooks from Booktopia today. With Scrublands, Chris Hammer has fashioned a meticulously written and propulsive crime novel, notable for its palpable sense of place, a slate of fully-drawn characters, and a meaningful denouement..