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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (7 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099520761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099520764
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Chloe Hooper's masterful book of reportage is a kind of moral thriller about power, wretchedness and violence" (Philip Roth)

"It is impossible to overestimate the importance of this book" (Peter Carey)

"Hooper fills in the background with a light touch.... She instinctively grasps the most telling detail... This is a brilliant vignette in which one appalling incident illuminates a saga of social breakdown" (Sara Wheeler The Times)

"Queensland's police force - along with its tourist board - won't thank Hooper for The Tall Man, but the rest of us should. This meticulous, compelling portrayal of the dark side of Australian life deserves the widest possible audience" (Sunday Times)

"An important, brilliant, perceptive book" (Literary Review)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wanderer on 29 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
I'd read this book from the library but wanted my own copy and to give another copy to someone for Christmas, because I admire the author and think this is an excellent piece of investigative journalism.
If you've ever lived in sub-tropical northern Australia (as I have) this book will bring the physical environment back to you; but as the title suggests, the most important thing is the sensitive depiction of life and death in an Aboriginal community.
Not always an easy or happy read, but an essential one...
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Not a pretty story but one that in my opinion deserves to be read by anyone concerned with social issues, prejudice and inequality. I thought it to be a balanced and well written account of events following the death in custody of an aboriginal man and the interplay of the differing cultural perspectives of the persons involved in the enquiry.
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Format: Hardcover
I thought it was a wonderful book.
Now, i dont wan't to spoil the book for you so i'm not going to say much. However, there is certainly a paradox about justice within the ending...

The seller had kept this book in fantastic condition and had it delivered very fast.
Reliable and simple, many thanks!

Alban.
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