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Resurrection Bay (Caleb Zelic Book 1) by [Viskic, Emma]
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Caleb Zelic, profoundly deaf since early childhood, has always lived on the outside - watching, picking up telltale signs people hide in a smile, a cough, a kiss. When a childhood friend is murdered, a sense of guilt and a determination to prove his own innocence sends Caleb on a hunt for the killer. But he can’t do it alone. Caleb and his troubled friend Frankie, an ex-cop, start with one clue: Scott, the last word the murder victim texted to Caleb. But Scott is always one step ahead.

This gripping, original and fast-paced crime thriller is set between a big city and a small coastal town, Resurrection Bay, where Caleb is forced to confront painful memories. Caleb is a memorable protagonist who refuses to let his deafness limit his opportunities, or his participation in the investigation. But does his persistence border on stubbornness? And at what cost? As he delves deeper into the investigation Caleb uncovers unwelcome truths about his murdered friend – and himself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4313 KB
  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Echo Publishing (1 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013U6TSXU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,980 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed this book - I empathised with Caleb and the emotional buildup in various scenes was gripping and felt real. Bring on the TV series - it made me think of something Broadchurch style.
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I very much enjoyed this book. I loved the Melbourne-isms; such a refreshing change to read a good crime story with local points of reference. The protagonist, Caleb, was a fabulous character. Multi dimensional and very humane, he was a really well-rounded and plausible character with whom I could very much identify. His deafness added to the story very much, giving added substance and interest. Caleb was a really likeable character, and one of the best attributes of the book was the development of him as a character. The author let the reader inside Caleb's head. Sometimes that was a good thing; other times not so good - but always interesting. It's a clever skill to be able to paint a valid picture of a character in the reader's mind. I think the author did this admirably. I like the author's easy flowing style of writing; it was descriptive but never boring.
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How must it feel? Your best mate lying in your arms, dead, his throat cut, blood everywhere.
Caleb tortured himself with the thought that he should have got there quicker, if only he had read Garys' desperate text sooner.

This is how the book starts, by hooking the reader straight in from the very beginning and it never loosens it grip.

The murdered man was Senior Constable Gary Marsden, he and Caleb grew up together in Resurrection Bay.
Caleb, an insurance investigator, had taken on a big job investigating a warehouse robbery, a job that Frankie, his partner, had tried to talk him out of. The workload was more than Caleb had expected so he had asked Gary to help out for a bit of extra money.

Frankie, an ex police officer, had her own demons to deal with. Sometimes her behaviour was a little erratic and Caleb could never feel quite convinced that she could stay off the booze.

Detective Tedesco, the officer attending the crime scene, thought that Gary must have been involved with some shady dealings and this is what got him killed. Another cop, Detective Sergeant Mcfarlane, from Ethical Standards was also asking questions about Garys’ activities and movements.

Frankie and Caleb don't know why a detective from Ethical Standards would be involved in a murder case, both sure that Gary was a clean cop.

Caleb searched for answers and, in the process, got himself injured. With nowhere else to go he turned to his estranged wife Kat for help. He thought that the bad guys might come after Kat, and to protect her he must get her out of town. His health deteriorated and not wanting to risk attending a hospital, he and Kat returned to their home town, Resurrection Bay.
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Resurrection Bay is the first novel by Australian author, Emma Viskic. The story is fascinating, funny and highly entertaining. Caleb Zelic and his partner, ex-cop Frankie Reynolds run Trust Works, an private investigation business. Their latest case concerns thefts from a warehouse and Caleb has asked his best friend, Senior Constable Gary Marsden, to help out. So when he belatedly gets an urgent text from Gary saying he is being pursued by a “Scott”, he tries to get to him but actually finds his friend savagely murdered. There is a suggestion by the police that Gary was into illegal activity. Convinced this is not so, Caleb and Frankie set about proving Gary’s innocence, but each is handicapped to a degree: Caleb is profoundly deaf, and his hearing aids produce only a distant, blurred sound; Frankie is an alcoholic, dry now, but for how long? Two phone calls Gary made to their hometown of Resurrection Bay, just before he was murdered, are puzzling.
There is plenty of humour, the banter between Frankie and Caleb is particularly funny, as are Caleb’s unspoken observations.
As well as producing an excellent piece of crime fiction, Viskic will have the reader thinking about disabilities: what we perceive them to be and how we react to them. Resurrection Bay is a great debut novel, and readers will want more from this talented crime writer.
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Everything about this debut is exciting: an authentic, intriguing protagonist with a complex and engaging back-story; a plot that draws you along to its satisfying conclusion yet leaves you asking for more; writing for intelligent and experienced readers, nicely nuanced and never too predictable.
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Just the book to make those hours of travel (or weekend with the in-laws) disappear in a flash. A gripping story with great characters and a satisfying ending - you can't go wrong!
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An absolutely gripping read. I couldn't put the book down. As a 'non-crime-reader' I can highly recommend Resurrection Bay to anyone who loves a character-driven, intriguing plot set in Melbourne. The language is very evocative and draws you right in to the various locations as the story unfolds. A must-read!
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Emma has brought three non-typical characters to life in this first book of the series. This book is both plot and character driven, resulting in a very engaging and satisfying read. I am so looking forward to numbers 2 and 3.
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