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Spinifex

The Curse of the Night Parrot

John Grant

Spinifex
The discovery of the near-mythical night parrot lures smugglers to the heart of the Australian outback. It falls to lone wildlife officer Ric Butler to investigate but when a malevolent boss repeatedly undermines his efforts Butler proves he isn't the kind of guy to let a thing drop because he's told to.

Falsely accused of murdering an infamous naturalist Butler's world gets turned upside down forcing him to go on the run with Jake Varoy, a laid-back but cynical co-worker, with the hard-won wisdom only experience can bring.

In a daring game of cat-and-mouse the pair track an unseen adversary as Jake reveals clues about Butler's own hidden origins. The investigation turns deadly up in the steamy croc-infested waters of remote Torres Strait when Butler is pushed to overcome personal demons and intercept the smugglers to save the night parrot, even if it means endangering the lives of those he most loves.

Praise for Spinifex

'A tour-de-force of the less traversed boundary between natural history and crime noir.' - Professor Rob Heinsohn, Australian National University

John Grant grew up in Ireland, moved to Australia for postgraduate research in zoology, and has lived there for the past 35 years. He teaches tertiary field programs on ecology and conservation in Australia and Indonesia. His research interests are ecology and behaviour of birds, particularly those in Australia's Wet Tropics and Gulf Country regions. His other interests include painting wildlife, mainly birds, community-based nature conservation, bushwalking, reading and singing. He has published a number of scientific papers and popular articles. His home of many years is the Atherton Tablelands of north Queensland.
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Format Paperback
Size 216 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781925856422
Extent 234 pages
Price: AU$29.95 including GST
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