Dark Country by Bronwyn Parry

Dark Country by Bronwyn ParryDark Country by Bronwyn Parry
Series: Dungirri, #2
Published by Hachette Australia on September 1st 2009
Pages: 400
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Most people in the small town of Dungirri have considered Morgan ‘Gil’ Gillespie a murderer for eighteen years, so he expects no welcome on his return. What he doesn’t expect is the discovery of a woman’s tortured body in the boot of his car, and new accusations of murder.
Wearied by too many deaths and doubting her own skills, local police sergeant Kris Matthews isn’t sure whether Gil is a decent man wronged by life, or a brutal criminal she should be locking up. But she does know that he is not guilty of this murder – because she is his alibi . . .
Between organised crime, police corruption, and the hatred of a town, Gil has nowhere to hide. He needs to work out who’s behind the murder before his enemies realise that the one thing more punishing than putting him back in prison would be to harm the few people he cares about.
Kris is determined to help him, but will their search for the truth make her the next target?

The spotlight falls on Morgan Gillespie and Kris Matthews – a supporting character in the first book – this time around and we’re thrown deep into complex issues surrounding witness protection, the limits of law enforcement, organised crime and its spillover into the rural parts of Australia.

I dove straight into Bronwyn Parry’s second book in the Dungirri series as soon as I got hold of my copy and while I didn’t like it as much as I did her first, there was pretty good round storytelling and a fantastic build-up that should be present in the mystery/crime/thriller genre.

Ms Parry has become one of my most-liked authors and I can’t wait to get to Mark’s story in the third book.