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And Fire Came Down

About the book

Deaf since early childhood, Caleb Zelic is used to meeting life head-on. Now, he’s struggling just to get through the day. His best mate is dead, his ex-wife, Kat, is avoiding him, and nightmares haunt his waking hours.

But when a young woman is killed, after pleading for his help in sign language, Caleb is determined to find out who she was. The trail leads Caleb back to his hometown, Resurrection Bay. The town is on bushfire alert, and simmering with racial tensions. As Caleb delves deeper, he uncovers secrets that could ruin any chance of reuniting with Kat, and even threaten his life. Driven by his own demons, he pushes on. But who is he willing to sacrifice along the way?

And Fire Came Down, the second book in Emma Viskic’s Caleb Zelic series, will be published by Echo in August.


Early praise

‘Besides being skillfully plotted, well-paced and atmospheric, in And Fire Came Down Viskic has reached a whole other plane of character development—I was challenged and profoundly moved by Caleb’s search for answers and justice, and his personal and psychological struggles, and completely on board with him every step of the way. Viskic has built beautifully on what she created in Resurrection Bay.’—Angela Meyer, Commissioning Editor, Echo 

‘Emma is so good at grabbing you from the first page—thrusting you into the action, right up there with Caleb so you share the urgency of his quest, his frustrations, set-backs and ultimately his triumph.’—Clive Hebard, Managing Editor, Echo


Emma Viskic

About the author

Emma Viskic is an award-winning Australian crime writer. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Resurrection Bay, won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, as well as an unprecedented three Davitt Awards: Best Adult Novel, Best Debut, and Readers’ Choice. Resurrection Bay was iBooks Australia’s Crime Novel of 2015. She has also won the Ned Kelly and Thunderbolt Awards for her short form fiction.

A classically trained clarinettist, Emma’s musical career has ranged from performing with José Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, to busking in the London Underground. Emma studied Australian sign language (Auslan) in order to write Resurrection Bay.



Reader a teaser chapter from And Fire Came Down here.


Reading copy giveaway

For your chance to receive one of 10 advance reading copies of And Fire Came Down, email The first 10 people to respond will win a copy.





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