The List by Michael Brissenden
Sidney Allen is a Fed. Part of the Australian Federal Police's K block, a unit doing whatever it takes in order to stop terrorist attacks on home soil.
But when young Muslim men on the Terror Watchlist start turning up dead, Sid and his partner, Haifa, have to work out what's going on.
Sectarian war? Drugs? Retribution? For Sid, there's nothing unclear about a bullet to the head and a severed hand. Someone is sending a message.
Deciphering that message reveals a much wider threat and Sid and the agency have to decide just how far they'll go to prevent a deadly attack.
Time is running out ... for them and Australia.
What's going on? Here's another journalist stepping out of his comfort zone - if you can call reporting for ABC news a comfort zone - into thriller territory. Keep a look out for the real stuff - we used to call it facts - running through this fast-paced terror novel. And yes, we'll be welcoming Michael to our Festival in August.