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The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island

The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island

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By (author) Chloe Hooper

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 216mm x 19mm | 296g
  • Publication date: 7 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099520761
  • ISBN 13: 9780099520764
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, map
  • Sales rank: 10,919

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When Cameron Doomadgee, a 36-year-old member of the Aboriginal community of Palm Island, was arrested for swearing at a white police officer, he was dead within forty-five minutes of being locked up. The police claimed he'd tripped on a step, but the pathologist likened his injuries to those received in a plane crash. The main suspect was the handsome, charismatic Senior Sergeant Christopher Hurley, an experienced cop with decorations for his work. In following Hurley's trail to some of the wildest and most remote parts of Australia, Chloe Hooper explores Aboriginal myths and history and uncovers buried secrets of white mischief. Atmospheric, gritty and original, The Tall Man takes readers to the heart of a struggle for power, revenge and justice.

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Author information

Chloe Hooper was born in 1973. Her highly praised first novel, A Child's Book of True Crime (2002), was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Her Observer article about the Doomadgee case, 'Island of Lost Souls', was shortlisted for the Amnesty International Media Awards. She is also the author of The Engagement and The Tall Man, which won seven major literary awards in Australia.

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"Chloe Hooper's masterful book of reportage is a kind of moral thriller about power, wretchedness and violence" Philip Roth "It is impossible to overestimate the importance of this book" -- Peter Carey "Hooper fills in the background with a light touch... She instinctively grasps the most telling detail... This is a brilliant vignette in which one appalling incident illuminates a saga of social breakdown" -- Sara Wheeler The Times "Queensland's police force - along with its tourist board - won't thank Hooper for The Tall Man, but the rest of us should. This meticulous, compelling portrayal of the dark side of Australian life deserves the widest possible audience" Sunday Times "An important, brilliant, perceptive book" Literary Review