The Night Whistler by Greg Woodland – Our Review
I opened this book with no expectations and finished this page turner in record time simply because I could not put it down.
What an incredible debut novel Greg Woodland has produced. The high quality Australian rural crime genre has a new very worthy entrant that will rival favourites like Jane Harper’s The Dry and Chris Hammer’s Scrublands.
Greg Woodland has cleverly crafted his characters to produce emotions in the reader that are totally involuntary responses, as we barrack for some, despise others and ride the emotional roller coaster he intended to produce – and has emphatically delivered.
His central child character Hal Humphries has the charisma of Eli Bell (in Trent Daltons Boy Swallows Universe) and his flawed law enforcer Mick Goodenough is type of cop you hope actually exists to keep us all safe.
If you liked the books mentioned above then you will love The Night Whistler. I believe Australian literature may have a new rising star in Greg Woodland.
Review by Marty Maher (Nic’s partner)
Description…Are you lonesome tonight… It’s 1966. Hal and his little brother, newly arrived in Moorabool with their parents, are exploring the creek near their new home when they find the body of a dog.
Not just dead, but recently killed.
Not just killed, but mutilated.
Constable Mick Goodenough, recently demoted from his city job as a detective, is also new in town-and one of his dogs has gone missing. He’s experienced enough to know what it means when someone tortures an animal to death- it means they’re practising. So when Hal’s mother starts getting anonymous calls-a man whistling, then hanging up-Goodenough, alone among the Moorabool cops, takes her seriously.
The question is- will that be enough to keep her safe?
Nostalgic yet clear-eyed, simmering with small-town menace, Greg Woodland’s wildly impressive debut populates the rural Australia of the 1960s with memorable characters and almost unbearable tension.