Dust Off the Bones

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Pushkin Press, Limited, Aug 26, 2021 - Australia - 416 pages
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In 1890, estranged brothers Tommy and Billy McBride are living far apart in Queensland, each dealing with the trauma that destroyed their family in different ways. Now 21, Billy bottles his guilt and justifies his past crimes while attempting to revive his father's former cattle run and navigate his feelings for the young widow Katherine Sullivan. Katherine, meanwhile, cherishes her newfound independence but is struggling to establish herself as head of the vast Broken Ridge cattle empire her corrupt late husband mercilessly built. But even in the outback, the past cannot stay buried forever. When a judicial inquest is ordered into the McBride family murders and the subsequent reprisal slaughter of the Kurrong people, both Billy and Police Inspector Edmund Noone - the man who led the massacre - are called to testify. The inquest forces Billy to relive events he has long refused to face. He desperately needs to find his brother, Tommy, who for years has been surviving in the wilderness, attempting to move on with his life. But Billy is not the only one looking for Tommy. Now the ruthless Noone is determined to find the young man as well, and silence both brothers for good.

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User Review  - DeltaQueen50 - LibraryThing

Dust Off the Bones by Paul Howarth is the sequel to Only Killers and Thieves that introduced the two McBride Brothers, Billy and Tommy, and explained how the rest of their family was murdered and ... Read full review

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User Review  - norinrad10 - LibraryThing

Dust off the Bones is set in Australia in the late 1800s. As such it begins as a familiar yarn, two brothers face a tragic event that sets them off on different life paths. It's a story that has been ... Read full review

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About the author (2021)

Paul Howarth was born and grew up in Great Britain before moving to Melbourne in his late twenties. He lived in Australia for over six years, gained dual citizenship in 2012, and now lives in Norwich with his family. He received an MA degree from the University of East Anglia, and was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship. His debut novel, Only Killers and Thieves, was published in 2018 to critical acclaim.

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