Beams Falling

Beams Falling Author : P.M. Newton
Country : Australia

Beams Falling (2014) is the second in an incipient series featuring the part-Aboriginal detective Nhu ‘Ned” Kelly

Beams Falling (2014) is the second in an incipient series featuring the part-Aboriginal detective Nhu ‘Ned” Kelly. As with the first novel, Diamond Dove, there is a solid plot, which sees Kelly returned from sick leave and on light duties, still struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and the aftermath of physical injuries. Yet, while she is in the middle of this process of recovery, because of her ethnic background she’s called upon to help dismantling an Asian crime wave that hits the Sydney suburb of Cabramatta with substance abuse, violence and murder. Believing that Ned’s Vietnamese heritage may be the passport into the world of dealers, assassins and addicts, but social reality in this Vietnamese-Australian borough proves them wrong: Ned does not speak the language and is not able to connect to the ‘ra choi’, the Asian teenage offenders, but does eventually find her way to the local kingpin. The novel’s postcolonial strength is that its focus is not so much on Kelly as on the problems in this immigrant community of people who have been traumatized by a harrowing past and are looking for relief, and how these problems turn transgenerational and create a ghetto of outsiders.

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