King of the Road

King of the Road

By Nigel Bartlett

When David�s 11-year-old nephew goes missing and he finds the finger pointed at him, he has no choice but to strike out on his own � an unlikely vigilante running away from the police and his own family, and running towards what he hopes desperately is the truth about Andrew�s disappearance.

When David�s 11-year-old nephew goes missing and he finds the finger pointed at him, he has no choice but to strike out on his own � an unlikely vigilante running away from the police and his own family, and running towards what he hopes desperately is the truth about Andrew�s disappearance.

David Kingsgrove is a man on a mission. An ordinary man � and an extraordinary mission. It is a mission that will turn him into someone he never thought he would be: the king of the road, the loner on the highway, the crusader for a sort of justice he has never before had to seek.

Andrew had been a regular visitor to David�s home right up until the day he disappeared, walking out the front door to visit a neighbour. It doesn�t take long for the police to decide that David � a single man in his thirties, living alone � is their suspect. Soon Andrew�s parents will share that opinion. But David knows that he didn�t take Andrew.

Realising that the only way Andrew will be found is if he finds him � the police, after all, are fixated on David as their suspect and are not looking anywhere else � David turns to the one person who he knows will help him: Matty an ex-cop now his personal trainer, whose own son disappeared several years before.

David�s crusade to find Andrew will also take him into his own dark heart � to do things he never thought he would have to do, and go places he has never wanted to go. And the choices David makes lead us all to ask: How far would I go to save someone I love?

This is a compelling story that is almost impossible to stop reading � a hero�s journey, of sorts, with a momentum that is breathtaking even while the subject matter is confronting.

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9780857985408

February 2, 2015

Vintage Australia

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9780857985415

February 2, 2015

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Awards & Recognition

2014

Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel

Shortlisted