A fascinating novel about small-town communities, which is also a love story and a whodunit. Ken McUrran runs a service station in a small town. He's an ordinary kiwi bloke who wants an ordinary kiwi life. Trouble is, a young Austrian hitch-hiker disappears. Ken's niece, Gith, has seen which car gave the young woman back-packer a ride. Trouble is, because of a serious car accident, Gith can't talk properly. Ken is the only person who can understand her, let alone believe her. He sets out to prove to the police - and the world - that she is right. Trouble is, the town is big on gossip and Gith and Ken have a secret of their own. An unorthodox love story and a page-turning whodunit, written with heart and intelligence, Gith puts our values and our prejudices under the microscope.
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Vintage New Zealand
Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd
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Author Biography - Chris Else
Chris has been an established figure in New Zealand literary affairs since the early 1970s when he was associated with the avant garde poetry magazine Freed. He has published six adult novels and two collections of short stories. He has also written plays for stage and radio and scripts for television. He has been a bookseller, a teacher, and a publisher's representative and has also worked in the Information and Computer industry. Chris has twice been National President of the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN) and has also been chair of the board of directors of Copyright Licensing Ltd. He and his wife, Barbara, were instrumental in setting up both the New Zealand Association of Literary Agents and the New Zealand Association of Manuscript Assessors.