A powerful and unusual novel—a crime novel in which you have to wait until the final page to discover if a major crime will be committed
THE RULES OF BACKYARD CRICKET
by Jock Serong
Text Publishing, September 2016
‘Serong’s prose is evocative, his dialogue convincing, and the atmosphere of small-town life pungently suggested.’ – Sydney Morning Herald on “Quota”
Darren Keefe is in the boot of a car. The gag, the cable ties, his bullet-shattered knee: all the signs point towards a shallow grave. Nonetheless, he thinks there’s a chance he will be able to free himself. And although he will still be incapacitated and outnumbered, he sees no harm in trying. As he does, he thinks of how he got here. A cheeky kid with a pure talent; a mischievous boy growing into misadventure. A young man becoming a sporting star, gorging himself on fame seasoned with all the usual spices. A kid who got away with things, and just kept getting.
THE RULES OF BACKYARD CRICKET is a literary thriller in the tradition of Peter Temple’s Truth. Jock Serong’s exhilarating prose drives a narrative that observes celebrity, masculinity—humanity—with wry lyricism.
Jock Serong lives and works on the far southwest coast of Victoria. He is a lawyer and features writer, and is the editor of Great Ocean Quarterly. His debut, “Quota”, won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel in 2015.