Amongst The Dead is the third novel in Robert Gott’s William Power series. William is an unsuccessful Shakespearean actor who has turned Private Investigator and, in this third novel, finds himself in unusual circumstances in the Top End of Australia during World War II. Australia’s front line of defence is a top-secret, crack division of men embedded deep in the tropical wilderness of northern Australia, but they are threatened on their vital, covert mission: one of this elite corps is a murderer, preying on his comrades, one by one. The North Australia Observer Unit (or Nackaroo’s) are a small group of soldiers and their Aboriginal assistants who patrol the Top End of the country, watching for any sign of the Japanese invasion from the Islands of the South Pacific into the Australian Mainland. Intelligence believes that the deaths of three Nackaroo’s were highly suspicious, but the level of secrecy of the NAOU means that they cannot trust the investigation to just anybody. Military intelligence turn to the one man whose singular combination of abilities make him capable of infiltrating the clandestine military operation and locating the killer. William Power goes into deep cover, posing as a cheap vaudeville entertainer on tour to relieve the troops and soon finds himself in the far-northern outback trying to raise the morale of a group of desperate young soldiers lying in wait for the arrival of the Japanese army, knowing all the while that one of them is the killer. AMONGST THE DEAD is a good read in that it ridicules the main character, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and displays a great sense of humour.