The Carnival is over
…the carnage isn’t
Moorabool, NSW, 1971. Hal,17, is serving time in the local abattoir to pay for the car he and his wild mate Lloyd ‘borrowed’ then crashed. Also working at the abattoir are his feisty Aboriginal friend Allie, who keeps avoiding Hal, and Christine, the attractive young forewoman who takes him under her wing. Two suspicious suicides rock the town: first the gun suicide of happily married Deputy-Mayor Tony Poulos, and a week later Hal’s boss, Christine, by self-poisoning. Sergeant Mick Goodenough wonders could they be connected? Following the trail of two cheques apparently written by Poulos after he died leads Mick to suspect all is not what it seems at the Moorabool abattoir. The belated arrival of a letter Christine wrote to Hal and Allie before she died confirms Mick’s suspicions of a cover-up gone wrong at the Abattoir. When Hal and Lloyd and their girlfriends Allie and Nancy – daughter of Abattoir chairman JT Aldritch – are abducted at gunpoint after a big night out, a vicious ex-slaughterman embarks on a deadly revenge rampage. Only Mick Goodenough, his young probie, Constable Neridah Wakeley and Hal, can stop the killer in time to save the two girls he’s abducted and prevent a bloodbath on the quiet streets of Moorabool.
The Carnival is Over is the first sequel to The Night Whistler, in a series. It’s a period rural crime (outback noir) novel in the vein of Garry Disher’s Bitter Wash Road and James Lee Burke’s Billy Bob Holland books.