Kundela

Kundela Author : Terry L Probert
Country : Australia

Kundela (2013) is the debut novel from a local author set in South Australian farming country, apparently self-published.

Kundela (2013) is the debut novel from a local author set in South Australian farming country, apparently self-published. Set in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia, Kundela follows the Gillespie family who are suffering from an enduring drought. Vietnam Veteran Joe Gillespie has also been the target of cattle theft in the past twelve months while the police seem clueless. To make things even worse, returning home one day they discover the homestead ransacked and motorcycle tracks crisscrossing the house yard. Unable to use the damaged phone and taking initiative into their own hands, Joe and Laura decide to find where the perpetrators are camped before alerting the police. The events that follow take the reader on a journey through the Flinders Ranges, and once in Adelaide the Gillespies come under Detective Inspector Harry Forbes’s scrutiny, who threatens to charge them with causing malicious damage to the motorcyclists’ gang’s property. Meanwhile, Aboriginal police officer Jeff Rankin is charged with solving the last cattle theft, which pits him against the motorcyclist gang that raided Joe’s place. A paddock full of poisoned animals and three dead Aboriginal bodies left along the roadside with their faces disfigured by shotgun blasts complicate the investigation as Joe becomes a prime suspect for the murders. In love with Joe’s daughter, Tilly, Jeff is taken off the case as he is thought too close to the family, but he and Joe continue working on finding the killer, helped by the local Aborigenes. Although parts of the plot are a bit contrived and unrealistic, the descriptions of rural Australia and the characters convince.

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