Twister: A contemporary novel
Dunedin, in the grip of an unseasonal flu, is a city under siege. Cats are being tortured and gay men viciously targeted. Then, after five damaging days of rain, a twister rips through, exposing in Ross Creek Reserve the body of a missing schoolgirl.
Detective Senior Sergeant Leo Judd is forced to lead the investigation despite unresolved sorrow over the disappearance of his own daughter nine years earlier.
In the long aftermath of loss, his wife Kate has grown out of their marriage but she hasn’t told Leo yet. Or that she’s going to move in with her lover, Rea.
Sultry weather broods over the city as suspects are sifted. Pressure mounts for Leo to solve the crime and to face his grief, and for Kate to tell the truth about leaving Leo — and about the secret she’s nursed since the hour their beloved Beth disappeared.
Jane Woodham writes with clarity, intelligence and power. She articulates our human plight with a steady, sympathetic eye.
Author Jane Woodham moved in 1998 from London to Dunedin, New Zealand, where she has been writing for the past nine years. Jane’s work has twice been shortlisted for the BNZ Catherine Mansfield short story competition. Two of her short stories have been published, both in New Zealand and in London.
Thanks to a New Zealand Society of Authors mentorship, Jane worked with local crime writer Paddy Richardson on the final draft of the novel. Twister is set in and around the Dunedin Hot Salt Water Pool, where Jane is a regular swimmer. She is also a keen gardener, fair-weather surfer and cook. This is her first novel.
Jane has a website at www.janewoodham.com
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Publication date: 3 December 2015
Cover image by Rob West, cover and book design by Caroline Pope
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