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    DescriptionWhen 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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    Title
    The Tall Man
    Subtitle
    Death and Life on Palm Island
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Chloe Hooper
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 296 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099520764
    ISBN 10: 0099520761
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1MBF
    BIC E4L: CRI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.1
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL9, JKSW1
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET026
    Ingram Theme: CULT/AUSTRL
    BIC subject category V2: BTC
    BISAC V2.8: SOC004000, SOC030000
    DC22: 364.349915
    BISAC V2.8: HIS004000
    BIC subject category V2: 1MBF
    Thema V1.0: DNXC, JBSL11, JKSW1
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, map
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    07 January 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    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.
    Review quote
    "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