OUTLAW The Story of Joe Flick by Greg Barron
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When anthropologist Robert Morris arrives at the old Doomadgee Mission, at Bayley Point near Burketown in 1934, he's intent on learning local languages and customs. One very old woman living there, he discovers, was originally from outback New South Wales, and is something of an outcast amongst the Waanyi and Gangalidda locals.
On delving deeper, Morris discovers that the old woman was the 'wife' of a white stockman for more than thirty years in the frontier days, and claims to be the mother of one of the north's most notorious outlaws. Determined to record the facts of her son's crimes from her perspective, he sits with her each afternoon.
This is the story she told ...
Joe Flick was both victim and murderer, a young man caught between two worlds. His story stretches from outback New South Wales to lawless Burketown, from Hodgson Downs Station in the Territory to drab Fannie Bay Prison. The final scenes, set against the backdrop of picturesque Lawn Hill Station, are both thought provoking and violent. It's a book to be devoured, and a must-read for all Australians.
Praise for Greg Barron's novels:
'A superlative political thriller' Rob Minshull, ABC
'A high-octane thriller ... the pace is excellent, the writing is sharp and Barron has a real talent for the evocation of place ... sufficiently gripping to keep you up at night' The Australian
'Barron echoes the work of authors such as MacLean, Clancy and Ludlum' Canberra Times
'Barron has written a thriller that entertains but also for those wanting more, a thought-provoking polemic' Courier-Mail
'A darkly imaginative page-turner' Bookseller+ Publisher
'Entertaining, provocative' Daily Telegraph