A leader in Australian noir, bestselling Scrublands author Chris Hammer is the winner of the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger award. In Silver, flawed protagonist Martin Scarsden returns to his hometown to discover a former school friend lying on the floor of his girlfriend’s house with a knife plunged into his back and a postcard in his hand. Chris discusses his enthralling and propulsive new thriller with Guardian Australia’s Paul Daley.

Chris Hammer (Australian)

Chris Hammer

Chris Hammer is the bestselling author of crime novels Scrublands and Silver. Scrublands was shortlisted for the 2019 Indie, ABIA and NSW Premier Awards and won the UK Crime Writers' Association's prestigious John Creasey New Blood Dagger. Chris was a journalist for more than 30 years before turning to writing full time in 2017.

Linda Funnell (Australian)

Linda Funnell

Linda Funnell is co-editor of The Newtown Review of Books, a free online book review founded with Jean Bedford in March 2012. She has worked as a publisher and editor for many years, both in-house and freelance, and has been privileged to edit crime writing legends Peter Corris and Jon Cleary. Currently she is a freelance editor and publishing consultant, and has taught courses in publishing, editing and writing for UTS, the ASA and the NSW Writers’ Centre.