Ash Island is the second novel in the Harry Belltree series, which features homicide detective Harry Belltree, son to Sydney’s first Aboriginal Judge, veteran special forces soldier who served in Afghanistan, and Aussie lone wolf cum anti-hero. The novel is set in the town of Newcastle, on the coast north of Sydney, where Belltree is stationed and kept out of the way after the events at Crucifixion Creek which almost killed him. A corpse found on Newcastle’s Ash Island immerses Belltree again into the world of drugs and violence but the investigation also spills over into the terrain of coal mining, politics and Aboriginal land rights. Kelly Pool, the journalist who helped Belltree in Crucifixion Creek, is still trying to come to terms with the violence that she suffered and looking for the people involved, who turn out to have connections in Newcastle and beyond. The cases and the family connections addressed in the first novel reappear and flesh out into new connections against the backdrop of a deeper political conspiracy with public and private ramifications. Once again, Belltree operates on the edges of the law, and often beyond it, as he continues to seek the truth.