An almost deserted town in the middle of nowhere, Nebulah's days of mining and farming prosperity if they ever truly existed are long gone.
These days even the name on the road sign into town has been removed. Yet for Pete, an ex-policeman, Milly, Li and a small band of others, it's the only place they have ever felt at home.
One winter solstice, a strange residual and mysterious mist arrives, that makes even birds disappear. It is a real and potent force, yet also strangely emblematic of the complacency and unease that afflicts so many of our small towns, and the country that Murphy knows so well.
Partly inspired by the true story of Wittenoom, the ill-fated West Australia asbestos town, Soon is the story of the death of a haunted town, and the plight of the people who either won’t, or simply can’t, abandon all they have ever had.
With finely wrought characters and brilliant plotting, it is a taut and original novel, where the people we come to know, and those who are drawn to the town's intrigue, must ultimately fight for survival.
Lois Murphy has travelled widely, most recently spending 6 years wandering around Australia in a homemade 4WD truck.
After four years in Darwin, she relocated to the cooler climate of Tasmania, where her first novel Soon won the UTAS prize for an unpublished manuscript in the 2015 Premier’s Literary Awards.
She has won a handful of awards for her short stories, including the Northern Territory Literary Award and the Sisters in Crime Best New Talent Prize.
Crime & Mystery
Paperback / softback
Transit Lounge Publishing
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