The Broken Ones

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Hachette Australia, 2011 - Fiction - 388 pages
Award-winning author Stephen M. Irwin returns with a thrilling, supernatural crime novel built around an intriguing question: What happens when every single person is haunted by a ghost only they can see?
Without warning, a boy in the middle of a city intersection sends Detective Oscar Mariani's car careening into a busy sidewalk. The scene is bedlam as every person becomes visited by something no one else can see. We are all haunted. Usually, the apparition is someone known: a lost relative, a lover, an enemy. But not always. For Oscar Mariani, the only secret that matters is the unknown ghost who now shares his every waking moment . . . and why.
The worldwide aftershock of what becomes known as "Gray Wednesday" is immediate and catastrophic, leaving governments barely functioning and economies devastated . . . but some things don't change. When Detective Mariani discovers the grisly remains of an anonymous murder victim in the city sewage system, his investigation will pit him against a corrupt police department and a murky cabal conspiring for power in the new world order.
Stephen M. Irwin has created an unforgettable crime novel and an intense, textured vision of the near-future. "The Broken Ones" is the riveting search for hope in the darkest corners of the imagination.

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About the author (2011)

Stephen Irwin is an accomplished short fiction author and screenwriter, and has won several national short story competitions. Stephen has also written and directed several broadcast documentaries, including two for SBS s Australia by Numbers series. He is presently a member of the writing team on a new television drama series, 'Crosswires'. His first novel THE DEAD PATH was published in Australia, the UK and the US to rave reviews. He lives in Brisbane with his wife and two young children.

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