Without a Doubt
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
It would be easy to believe that cattle rustling is a crime of yesteryear, but this idea is challenged in Fleur McDonald’s latest novel Without a Doubt. Readers of Fleur McDonald’s previous books will recognise Detective Dave Burrows, who returns as the protagonist in this story. Dave is stationed in Barrabine, a small town in the Western Australian goldfields. As his workload increases, his wife Melinda feels increasingly isolated caring for their toddler daughter, Bec. When Dave is sent undercover to catch the mastermind behind a cattle-stealing ring, he is unsure if he’ll ever see his wife or daughter again – and whether his marriage will survive if he does. McDonald’s first-hand experience of rural life is evident in her richly drawn worlds of both small-town life and large-scale cattle stations. Without a Doubt is action-packed rural crime fiction that offers insight into an illegal activity still costing farmers millions of dollars each year.