Smoke and Mirrors by Kel Robertson (Winner of the 2009 Ned Kelly Award)
Ace detective Brad Chen is lured back to work by the double murder of a Whitlam government minister and the editor of his political memoirs. Solving the crimes, while searching for a missing friend, Chen is plunged into the murky worlds of international espionage and organised crime. The body count rises as Chen uncovers the deadly secret behind the most momentous events in Australian political history.
Kel Robertson was born on the south coast in the 1950s and lived in Sydney, Wagga Wagga, and Cobar before attending high school in Bathurst. He is the graduate of four Australian universities, and now lives and works in Canberra where his grandfather was a minister of religion in the 1930s.
Smoke and Mirrors is one of the books shortlisted for Our Story. Voting is now open online at www.abc.net.au/yearofreading and in participating libraries and book shops. The closing date for votes is 6 January 2012.