This book has a bit of everything, including humour:
“He went to the kitchen window and said something to a steamy man in a once-white singlet whose appearance brought to mind my father´s advice regarding roadhouse cuisine: always check for body parts.”
The Aboriginal Emily Tempest has just joined the police force as an Aboriginal Community Police Officer. At first she thinks it is a good idea, but then her friend Superintendent Tom McGillivray is hospitalised, and she has lost an important ally among the white officers. So suddenly she finds herself working for Sergeant Cockburn who was transferred from Queensland recently.
An old friend of her father´s, the geologist Albie Ozolins, also called Doc, is killed after an argument with his drinking buddy Petherbridge, better know as Wireless. An unfortunate case of manslaughter according to Sergeant Cockburn, but nothing is ever simple to Emily Tempest.
Emily may be the new woman on the force, but she knows the territory and the blackfellers like the back of her own hand. And the best way to make her curious is to tell her to stay away from something. In other words, we have a female protagonist here who doesn´t put up with anything. The setting is interesting and unusual to a Scandinavian reader, but the antagonism between the very correct white Sergeant Cockburn and his stubborn black subordinate did not exactly come as a huge surprise.
(NB: I´ll be away most of the weekend – see you later).