Down the Hume by Peter Polites


Mesmerised by his abusive boyfriend and addicted to the drugs he steals from the aged care home where he works, Bux is stuck in a rut.  

This gritty, queer, drug-addled noir isn't what you'd call a pleasant read, but it is a deeply satisfying exploration of Sydney's darker recesses. Down the Hume will appeal to fans of Raymond Chandler and Elmore Leonard, and pairs well with a knowledge of Sydney and its inhabitants.

This is an excellent debut from a promising young Western Sydney-based author.

- Jacob