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The Rip with Mark Brandi in-conversation with Mark Smith

March 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Event: 7.30pm Saturday March 23 @ Great Escape Books
We are very excited to be presenting an evening with authors Mark Brandi (Wimmera) and Mark Smith (The Road to Winter trilogy) as they explore The Rip- Mark Brandi’s masterful new urban crime novel, set in inner Melbourne.
Venue: Great Escape Books
Free event with wine and champagne.
RSVP essential on 52897052 or myevents@greatescapebooks.com.au

More about… Mark Brandi
Mark Brandi’s bestselling novel, Wimmera, won the coveted British Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger, and was named Best Debut at the 2018 Australian Indie Book Awards. It was also shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards Literary Fiction Book of the Year, and the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year.

Mark’s shorter work appears in The Guardian, The Age, The Big Issue, and in journals both here and overseas. His writing is also sometimes heard on ABC Radio National. Mark graduated with a criminal justice degree and worked extensively in the justice system, before changing direction and deciding to write. Originally from Italy, growing up in a rural Australian town continues to influence his creative focus. He now lives in Melbourne.

More about The Rip…
An urban crime novel that slowly and masterfully hooks you in… then shocks with the horrific crime and the dread that the characters you care about aren’t going to make it out alive.

‘It’s funny how quick it happens and without you really noticing. Anton said once that it’s like walking out into the sea, and you think everything’s fine and the water’s warm, but when you turn back you’re suddenly miles from shore. I’ve never been much of a swimmer, but I get what he means. Like, being caught in a current or something. A rip.’

A young woman living on the street has to keep her wits about her.
Or her friends. But when the drugs kick in that can be hard.

Anton has been looking out for her. She was safe with him. But then Steve came along.
He had something over Anton. Must have. But he had a flat they could crash in. And gear in his pocket. And she can’t stop thinking about it. A good hit makes everything all right.
But the flat smells weird.
There’s a lock on Steve’s bedroom door.
And the guy is intense.
The problem is, sometimes you just don’t know you are in too deep, until you are drowning.

‘The Rip pulled me into its unpredictable waters, and refused to let go.’ – Sofie Laguna


March 23
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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