Coal Creek

Coal Creek

Book - 2014
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Bobby Blue is caught between loyalty to his only friend, Ben Tobin, and his boss, Daniel Collins, the new constable at Mount Hay. Increasingly bewildered and goaded to action by his wife, Constable Collins takes up his shotgun and his Webley pistol to deal with Ben. And when Bobby's love for Collins's willful young daughter Irie is exposed, it leads to tragic consequences for them all.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014, c2013.
Edition: Original trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781443431514
Branch Call Number: FIC Mille
Characteristics: 291 pages ; 21 cm.


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Feb 11, 2014

In comparison with Alex Miller's previous literary output Coal Creek has a more pulpy feel, but this is by no means a bad thing. The book can best be described as a male melodrama that has the elegiac feel of a revisionist western. There is considerable restraint in the storytelling, the climax and coda are satisfying and there is also some evocative description of the harsh interior landscape as we have come to expect from Mr Miller. Coal Creek is not quite deserving of a classic status, as some Australian critics are suggesting, and to label this book as such will leave many with their expectations disappointed. Overall this is a quick and rewarding read if you're in the mood and will certainly connect with some readers more than others.

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