Better the Blood

Better the Blood

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Shortlisted for the 2023 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards; JANN MEDLICOTT ACORN PRIZE FOR FICTION

Click here to visit the Ockhams Sampler; Extracts from the finalist books in the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction at the 2023 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

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Click here to listen to a RNZ interview on Nine to Noon with Michael Bennett

Reveiwed by Rowena (Team member); A great read! For me, Better the Blood is a twisting, turning, action packed crime thriller, however it was also a whole lot more, being a proud Kiwi - it was more than a crime novel.  The culture, te reo Māori and definite Aotearoa New Zealand setting made it a compelling read.  Again for me, the last quarter was the hope and although a minor character, in the fast pace of action of the book - the kuia of the Te Tini-o-Tai tribe - was the balance, strength & positive light in the darkness.

Top of the Lake meets Val McDermid by way of Jane Harper in this brilliantly gripping debut by award-winning New Zealand screenwriter and director, Michael Bennett.

'A compelling, atmospheric page turner with an authentic insight into Māori culture' Val McDermid

A DETECTIVE IN SEARCH OF THE TRUTH.
A KILLER IN SEARCH OF RETRIBUTION.
A CLASH BETWEEN CULTURE AND DUTY.
THE PAST NEVER TRULY STAYS BURIED.

Hana Westerman is a tenacious Māori detective juggling single motherhood and the pressures of her career in Auckland's Central Investigation Branch. When she's led to a crime scene by a mysterious video, she discovers a man hanging in a secret room. As Hana and her team work to track down the killer, other deaths lead her to think that they are searching for New Zealand's first serial killer.

With little to go on, Hana must use all her experience as a police officer to try and find a motive to these apparently unrelated murders. What she eventually discovers is a link to an historic crime that leads back to the brutal bloody colonisation of New Zealand.

When the pursuit becomes frighteningly personal, Hana realises that her heritage and knowledge are their only keys to finding the killer.

But as the murders continue, it seems that the killer's agenda of revenge may include Hana - and her family . . .

WELCOME TO THE DARK SIDE OF PARADISE.

Crime and mystery fiction

Paperback

Michael Bennett

336 pages

H: 234mm W: 153mm Spine: 21mm