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Meet the Author at Clunes  Robert M Smith
Robert M. Smith
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Raised on a farm in country Victoria, Robert Smith resides in Ballarat Victoria, with time to devote to his passion of writing. He has dabbled in commercial writing since the early 1990’s, mainly as a playwright for one act plays and penning librettos for musical theatre. His work has been performed in all states of Australia as well as in New Zealand and the United Kingdom winning many awards at various drama festivals. 

This is his first novel with others ready for print.

Meet the Author at Clunes - Robert M. Smith

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Meet Robert M. Smith, author of 'Purgatory' 

About 'Purgatory'


Greg Bowker is a young senior constable forcibly transferred to a one-officer station in a remote and dying Mallee town.

Welcomed by a brutal combination of heat, dust, isolation and primitive amenities, the new officer expects to waste years of his career in ‘purgatory’.  

He is greeted with warmth by the community but becomes increasingly worried by the behaviour of two delinquent teenagers, one of whose family history hides a secret he cannot resist investigating.  

A subsequent disappearance and murder set a new challenge for the young officer that leads him down a path into an unspeakable world of darkness and deception.

Purgatory may well reside within the quiet town…


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"A stylish and enthralling thriller set amongst the dust and hardship of a small country town that extends to the characters within… Great reading…"

— Alan, Indie Book reviewer

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