Barren Grounds

B. Michael Radburn

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Published: 04/07/2023
ISBN: 9780648571506
Genre: Thriller
RRP: $29.99

Barren Grounds

B. Michael Radburn

In 1960s Sydney, a killer stalks the streets – and one cop will risk everything to stop him.

The calling card of the killer known as ‘The Jeweller’ is as elegant as it is gruesome: a pair of ring fingers, separated from their owners, encircled by a band of wire, delivered directly to Senior Detective Joe Capello. When the Jeweller taunts Joe and his team into meeting him in the diseased grounds of Barren Park, the consequences of that evening will have permanent repercussions for everyone involved. And for Joe, it gets personal.

Two years later, Joe is off the force, but no less obsessed with the Jeweller and his horrific crimes. When a new parcel arrives at his home, Joe is invited back onto the task force and given the opportunity to redeem himself. But vindication relies on Joe finally capturing The Jeweller and now he has to decide if he’s willing to do what it takes – whatever it takes – to finally bring this case to a close.

For fans of Greg Woodland, Matt Nable, and Chris Hammer comes a twisting thriller about the past, the present, and the hope of a future.

Praise for B. Michael Radburn’s previous works:

‘A taut and twisting Australian rural thriller with empathetic characters, vividly drawn locations and edge-of-your-seat tension.’ – L. J. M. Owen, author of The Great Divide on The Reach

‘…guaranteed to send shivers down spines.’ – Sunday Tasmanian on Blackwater Moon

‘… a gripping, page-turning adventure… Radburn is a masterful storyteller, slowly etching out his plot with deliberate patience while never slowing the pace….’ – Glam Adelaide on The Falls



B. Michael Radburn

B. Michael Radburn

B. Michael Radburn

B. Michael Radburn - Author of The Taylor Bridges Series and Blackwater Moon.

Radburn is a self-professed bloke from the “wrong side of the tracks”, whose fall into writing offered an escape from the fatal attraction of drugs and alcohol. Wonderful high school teachers made him realise that writing, when shared, offered faith in one’s self.

Writing from his farm in the hauntingly beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW, his work reflects both natural and supernatural environs. Described as “Ian Rankin meets Stephen King”, Radburn is the author of three full-length novels: The CrossingBlackwater Moon and The Falls.

Radburn loves his family, jamming out the blues and his motorcycle! He also loves giving back and inspiring others from all walk of life – his Harley Davidson chapter (Sydney HOG) works with Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets program.

Radburn uses these opportunities to talk to youth living rough in Sydney – offering reading and writing as “therapy” and sharing his own teenage experiences.


Photo credit: Macey Radburn

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