"Poster ("Courting Shadows," 2008) starts this story in Victorian England, but it is his vivid portrayal of the outback and the psychological tension of Redbourne's exploits there that are most memorable. A skillfully wrought, disquieting novel."-"Booklist"
"It sounds like hyperbole but I don't care: Jem Poster's sophomore effort, "Rifling Paradise" (Overlook) is as near perfect a book as I have encountered in a very long time. It is a work of historical fiction and the history here -- Australia in the Victorian era -- is pitch perfect. "Rifling Paradise" looks like a book, but it is not: it's really a time machine. The story finds minor English landowner, Charles Redbourne, heading to Australia to make an impression as a naturalist, at a time when that was a weirdly competitive field. If "Rifling Paradise" was just Redbourne's story, it would be interesting enough: it would be a good book. But when Redbourne's specimen collecting takes a terrifying turn, we find ourselves withshow more