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The Glasgow Smile




In a grimy graffiti-covered recess in one of Melbourne tangled inner city laneways, a woman is found murdered. ‘Why would anyone want to kill her? She was so ordinary,’ was the oft-repeated phrase DI Robbie Gray heard when the name of the deceased was revealed. 

So why, then, she asked herself, was the body found propped up in such an extraordinary position, almost as if she was intimate with the portrait on the wall. Was this death intended to be symbolic, or was the placement merely a device to deceive? 

Set against a background of civil unrest and rising white extremism, a government tainted by corruption and a family desperate to hide secrets, DI Robbie Gray, along with her Indigenous officer Mac, dig deep.  As they work the case, they must also grapple with their own demons of guilt and failure while determining a motive. 

Was this a random thrill kill, politically driven or tragically personal? When an arrest is made, DI Robbie Gray realises that not all killers hold a weapon, masks don’t always disguise, and the legacy of long-held secrets can have tragic consequences.

  • A page-turning crime novel with a social conscience
  • Award-winning New Zealand crime writer

Chris Stuart was the winner of the Ngaio March Best First Novel Award, for her debut novel, For Reasons of Their Own, which was also shortlisted for the NZ Booklovers Fiction Award 2021. Chris was also longlisted for the DAVITT awards in Australia.

Also available from The Underground Bookstore online.

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