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the bookmaker from rabaul

This is a fictionalised account of the Somerton Man case. An enduring Australian mystery that began in December 1948 when a body was discovered on Somerton Beach: a man, overdressed for hot weather and no clue as to his identity. Who was he? How and why did he die? Did the Somerton Man get out of his depth in a world of espionage and dark deeds beyond his control or comprehension? And what about Jessica – the woman he loved and whose life he changed forever.

This vividly imagined and meticulously researched account offers a gripping fictional interpretation of a true-life mystery that remains unsolved to this day. A detailed afterword describes the people and events that inspired this book.

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Russell Hill #

    Will try to get the local library to buy a copy. Matt Elkes & Monty Webber have also written books, but not crime, unless drugs & trouble making count as crimes?

    November 30, 2016
  2. Surfing with you and Age was a crime … that would be fair reading.

    November 30, 2016
  3. Alex #

    Great book. 300 pages in, cannot put it down, no idea where it is headed. Thought an interim report was appropriate.

    December 29, 2016
  4. AlexR, you champion … thanks.

    December 29, 2016

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