The Call by Gavin Strawhan

Winner of the Allen & Unwin Fiction Prize 2023

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Winner of the Allen & Unwin Fiction Prize 2023

A brilliant debut crime novel centred on a 501 deportee gang, setin a remote coastal New Zealand town.

After surviving a brutal attack, Auckland cop DS Honey Chalmers has returnedto her hometown to care for her mother. The remote coastal settlement ofWaitutū holds complicated memories for Honey, not least the tragic suicide ofher younger sister, Scarlett.

Honey is hardest on herself. She let herself get too close to a ganginformant. She got sloppy. The Reapers are a 501 gang of Aussie imports,ruthless and organised, and she's pretty sure the informant, mother-of-threeKloe Kovich, paid the price. But when a couple of gang enforcers turn up inWaitutū, Honey realises they are hoping she will lead them to Kloe. But if Kloeis still alive, can Honey save her this time around?

When Honey catches up with her oldest friend, Marshall, her feelings arecomplicated. As teenagers they were inseparable, but Marshall was the lastperson to see Scarlett alive, and there are rumours they were sleeping together,that he broke her heart. Honey fears Marshall is not who she wants him to be.Eventually she learns the awful truth about the events that led her sister totake her own life.

When Kloe arrives in town, Honey and Marshall must work together to try andkeep the hapless Kloe out of the hands of those who want her – and Honey –silenced.

Gripping and suspenseful, with a killer ending, The Call propels the readerinto the world of a terrifying new kind of gang – and introduces a major newtalent in crime writing.

Winner of the Allen & Unwin Fiction Prize 2023

A brilliant debut crime novel centred on a 501 deportee gang, setin a remote coastal New Zealand town.

After surviving a brutal attack, Auckland cop DS Honey Chalmers has returnedto her hometown to care for her mother. The remote coastal settlement ofWaitutū holds complicated memories for Honey, not least the tragic suicide ofher younger sister, Scarlett.

Honey is hardest on herself. She let herself get too close to a ganginformant. She got sloppy. The Reapers are a 501 gang of Aussie imports,ruthless and organised, and she's pretty sure the informant, mother-of-threeKloe Kovich, paid the price. But when a couple of gang enforcers turn up inWaitutū, Honey realises they are hoping she will lead them to Kloe. But if Kloeis still alive, can Honey save her this time around?

When Honey catches up with her oldest friend, Marshall, her feelings arecomplicated. As teenagers they were inseparable, but Marshall was the lastperson to see Scarlett alive, and there are rumours they were sleeping together,that he broke her heart. Honey fears Marshall is not who she wants him to be.Eventually she learns the awful truth about the events that led her sister totake her own life.

When Kloe arrives in town, Honey and Marshall must work together to try andkeep the hapless Kloe out of the hands of those who want her – and Honey –silenced.

Gripping and suspenseful, with a killer ending, The Call propels the readerinto the world of a terrifying new kind of gang – and introduces a major newtalent in crime writing.

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