Tall Man: The Death of Doomadgee

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 7, 2009 - Social Science - 224 pages
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In 2004 on Palm Island, an Aboriginal settlement in the "Deep North" of Australia, a thirty-six-year-old man named Cameron Doomadgee was arrested for swearing at a white police officer. Forty minutes later he was dead in the jailhouse. The police claimed he'd tripped on a step, but his liver was ruptured. The main suspect was Senior Sergeant Christopher Hurley, a charismatic cop with long experience in Aboriginal communities and decorations for his work.

Chloe Hooper was asked to write about the case by the pro bono lawyer who represented Cameron Doomadgee's family. He told her it would take a couple of weeks. She spent three years following Hurley's trail to some of the wildest and most remote parts of Australia, exploring Aboriginal myths and history and the roots of brutal chaos in the Palm Island community. Her stunning account goes to the heart of a struggle for power, revenge, and justice. Told in luminous detail, Tall Man is as urgent as Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and The Executioner's Song. It is the story of two worlds clashing -- and a haunting moral puzzle that no reader will forget.
  

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Review: Tall Man: The Death of Doomadgee

User Review  - Mr_wormwood - Goodreads

Very easy to read, journalistic in approach but includes some genuinely well crafted moments of prose. Seeing that Chris Hurley, the policeman at the heart of the controversy, is never actually ... Read full review

Review: Tall Man: The Death of Doomadgee

User Review  - Dark Matter - Goodreads

This review was written by Nalini Haynes for Dark Matter Zine. This and more reviews, interviews etc are on Dark Matter Zine, an online magazine. http://www.darkmatterzine.com. The Tall Man by Chloe ... Read full review

Contents

The Death
19
The Investigation
31
The Family
45
The Riot
56
Belief
69
The Inquest
80
Doomadgee
101
Burketown
119
The Submissions
166
The Findings
172
The Rally
182
The Trial
193
The Accused
212
Amazing Grace
223
The Verdict
230
Postscript
251

The Inquest Resumes
137
The Funeral
159

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About the author (2009)

Chloe Hooper was born in Melbourne in 1973. She was educated at the University of Melbourne and as a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University, New York. Her first novel, A Child’s Book of True Crime, was a New York Times Notable Book and short-listed for the Orange Prize. She lives in Australia. 

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