WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA IN THE RAW — KANGAROOS, WILD DOGS AND KILLERS
A Sense of Place Publishing is proud to announce the arrival of Sorry Time, a new Australian thriller by Anthony Maguire. With action from start to finish, Sorry Time shows a side of Australia that you don’t see in tourist promotions.
The book has just become available paperback and digital formats and is already attracting some great reviews.
Jonathan Chaseling — 26, bearded, hipsterish-looking — is driving along a lonely outback road when suddenly a kangaroo leaps out in front of him. His car is wrecked and the injured kangaroo has to be dispatched with a tyre-lever. Then he finds himself under attack from wild dogs. Having survived that, he crosses bloody paths with a pair of violent criminals who have killed two people on a remote Aboriginal community.
Unforgettable settings and a vein of dark humor
As well as transporting you to the stark, unforgiving outback, Sorry Time takes you to the night hubs of Sydney and the climax takes place in the Indiana Jones-esque city of Antakya in Turkey, where Chaseling travels in pursuit of a particularly nasty villain called Ali Fazir, an ice addict and would-be jihadist with a penchant for beheading.
Sorry Time offers rich moments of dark humor such as a scene where an excruciatingly bad karaoke singer literally dies on stage at the end of a performance in Sydney’s Chinatown.
Maguire conducted meticulous research, including travelling through the Australian outback and to Turkey, to give the novel a convincing framework. Here’s a brief run-down:
Imagine you’re driving along a lonely outback road when suddenly a kangaroo leaps out in front of you. Your car is wrecked and things go downhill from there, as you find yourself under attack from wild dogs. Having survived that, you cross bloody paths with a pair of violent criminals who have killed two people on a remote Aboriginal community. And then things go REALLY pear-shaped, as you find yourself caught up on a rollercoaster of revenge.
Sorry Time, with its visual, filmic style, offers a rich reading experience. The central protagonist, a young doctor at the beginning of his career, encounters a string of characters: Ali Fazir, meth dealer obsessed with beheading; Glen of the Outback, who claims to be the man in the orange T-shirt in a David Bowie video; and gangster Jiang Feng, an excruciatingly bad karaoke singer who comes to grief at the end of a performance in Sydney’s Chinatown.