On Cringila Hill

On Cringila Hill Author : Noel Beddoe
Country : Australia

On Cringila Hill (2014) deals with racial tensions and blood ties in the once-vibrant industrial community of Cringila, Woollongong, a suburb neighbourhood south of Sydney dominated by the powerful Steelworks industries

On Cringila Hill (2014) deals with racial tensions and blood ties in the once-vibrant industrial community of Cringila, Woollongong, a suburb neighbourhood south of Sydney dominated by the powerful Steelworks industries. The lives of working-class migrant families drawn to the prospect of jobs and a lifestyle more affluent and prosperous than that left behind are shaken as a teenage boy is killed in a targeted shooting because he had something to do with a savage sexual attack on a young local girl. His school friends Jimmy and Piggy have witnessed his violent death, but need to protect their fledgling drug business and shut up, even when they know that the rape victim, a daughter of an immigrant Islander family, is a schoolgirl sweetheart of Jimmy. Seasoned police detective Gordon Winter, a realistic character with personal problems that affect the investigation and vice versa, is assigned the murder case, and his investigations uncover long-buried secrets and an entrenched culture of loyalty and fear. The tensions between the longer term Macedonian and Turkish residents, the newer immigrants of Italian and Greek background, and the Islander groups are overlaid by influences of drugs, gangs, violence and racketeering. This bleak story, well-known to many Australian working-class suburbs, is staged in the novel in a realistic, non-judgmental manner and reveals a complex world with many flaws and the occasional glimpse of hope.

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