Freight Books Freight Books

Released Spring 2017
Format: Paperback, B Format, 198 x 129mm, 240pp

ISBN Code: 978-1-911332-36-7

Bay of Martyrs

by Tony Black and Matt Neal


True Detective set on Australia’s South Coast.

Clay Moloney, a cynical reporter with a regional Australian newspaper, is expecting an easy Sunday at work when the body of a young woman washes up at the Bay of Martyrs. The death is an inconvenience for Clay, who’s content filing obituaries and re-writing government press releases on the new multi-million-dollar airport. But the more he digs into the Bay of Martyrs incident, the more he realises the girl’s death is not a case of misadventure, despite what the police tell him. Clay becomes obsessed with the murder investigation, putting himself and his co-worker Bec, an Irish-born photographer, in danger. Will Clay achieve justice for the young student, or will those in power stop him before he uncovers the truth?

Master of Tartan Noir, Tony Black, collaborates with Australian author and journalist, Matt Neal, to create a thrilling criminal case of murder and corruption set on Australia’s South Coast.

Praise for Bay of Martyrs

‘…a set of interesting characters (Moloney in particular, though Bec O’Connor is no slouch either) who contrast and develop throughout. There’s good cops, bad cops, prostitutes, reporters, gold diggers, among others. All of the action is set against a different to your run of the mill locations, the backdrop of small town Australia which is drawn in as colourful a fashion as the characters it contains. The narrative is pacey and engaging. All in all this is an entertaining crime novel.’ Crime Fiction Lover

‘The supporting characters are well drawn and the Australian setting is pleasingly different from more familiar mean streets.’ Shots Mag

‘This is one hell of read, two authors is a tricky gig and most times results in desultory effect. But here are two writers so in sync that it is seamless. A get in yer face, down and dynamic read that grips and enthralls. Tony Black at the very height of his terrific talent and now with a double act to enrich his solid rep.’ Ken Bruen, author of The Guards and Priest

‘This was a great read. Really cool, interesting and unusual locales, with a fast-paced thriller narrative and some very sexy lead characters. Highly recommended.’ Tony Cavanaugh, author of Promise and Dead Girl Sing