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By Robert M. Smith - ISBN: 9781922850744

RRP: $34.95

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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.

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By Robert M. Smith - ISBN: 9781922850744

RRP: $34.95

It is the early 1980s.  

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…

“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

Check out more great reviews for this book here.


Also by Robert M. Smith

Price of Justice Granite

Purgatory Audio Promo


NSW Premier 23 - Purgatory 2023 SPN BOTY - Purgatory

2023 QLD Literary Awards - Purgatory NIB 2023 - Purgatory

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