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Prohibited Zone

A thriller in the desert

Alastair Sarre

Prohibited Zone
Steve West, mining engineer and ex-footy star, just wants a dirty weekend in town, but he can't stop people telling him their secrets. When crusading Kara incites a breakout in the desert, Westie finds himself her reluctant accomplice. Soon he's got a runaway asylum seeker in tow, and all the world, it seems, on his tail.

There is a way out - but it's in the prohibited zone.

Shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award

Praise for Prohibited Zone:
'A lot of fun to read, Prohibited Zone was one of those books that this reader just could not put down. Afterwards, with hindsight there are also a lot of points being particularly well made. Which makes this one of those crime fiction books that's important - fun, believable, great characters with a sting in the tail to boot.' - Karen, Aust Crime Fiction

'Humorous, violent and even a little bit romantic, Prohibited Zone is a fast-paced political thriller that will leave you hoping there are more Steve West adventures in the pipeline.' - Boomerang Books Online

'An intelligent thriller that maintains the intrigue and tempo throughout ...' - Winter issue, Life With Style magazine

'Prohibited Zone is a solid debut novel, suggesting we may well hear more of Steve West's adventures.' - Perilous Adventures online literary blog

'Full of colourful characters, bright dialogue and analysis.' - Chronicle, Toowoomba

'There is much to admire in this book. The dialogue is unashamedly Australian and the characters feel genuine.' - Law Society Journal

'A courageous endeavour achieved in style ... Prohibited Zone very cleverly seduces at the outset with its raw outback humour and colourful characters ... It is clever, insightful, thoughtful and a rollicking good tale all at once.' - Wet Ink magazine

'If you like crime and detective fiction, then this is your book. If you like a thriller with a beautifully paced narrative and surprises round almost every corner then, without a doubt, this is your book. Alastair Sarre's novel Prohibited Zone is an intelligent work that very skillfully combines the thriller with profound socio-political commentary.
'This is a really great story within its genre and an excellent first novel. It should come as no surprise that Sarre’s first novel has been shortlisted in the National Year of Reading Awards 2012.' - Susan Ballyn, Reviews in Australian Studies

Alastair Sarre was born in Leigh Creek, a coal-mining town in the outback of South Australia. He studied forestry at Australian National University and worked for a mining company for a couple of years before returning to Canberra to complete a writing diploma. He has worked as a science editor and freelance writer specialising in forestry and spent time in Japan before moving with his family to the Adelaide Hills.

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Format Paperback
Size 210 x 135 mm
ISBN 9781862549432
Extent 368 pages
Price: AU$29.95 including GST
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