The Betrayal

The Betrayal Author : Yvette Erskine
Country : Australia

The Betrayal (2012) is the second novel in  what promises to become an interesting series of police procedurals set in Tasmania by Yvette Erskine.

The Betrayal (2012) is the second novel in what promises to become an interesting series of police procedurals set in Tasmania by Yvette Erskine. In the heart of a very bleak and cold winter, the young, gullible police constable Lucy Howard breaks a golden rule in policing by accusing the experienced Special Operations Group member Nick Greaves of raping. Building on the premise that one should never go against their colleagues in the police force, Greaves uses his popularity and male chauvinism to get away with his alleged misbehaviour, while the Hobart police department does its best to cover the whole case up and discredit Lucy. The male world described in the novel is particularly imperfect and unsympathetic but not therefore unrealistic: the male chauvinist rapist, the corrupt police commissioner, as well as Lucy’s only outspoken but sexually-deviant supporter at the department are all discomforting characters that are indicative of the seedier side of Tasmania’s contemporary police force. The novel depicts how, using a multiple perspective narrative changing every chapter, reminiscent of The Brotherhood’s structure (2010), Lucy goes through a process of growth from a shy and insecure to a self-assured, determined woman, and puts into focus an issue that should be granted more serious attention in Antipodean crime fiction

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