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When She Was Good: A Conversation with Michael Robotham & Chris Hammer

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Two crime greats – one night!

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Australia's foremost crime writer Michael Robotham, author of the TV hit The Secrets She Keeps, talks to Chris Hammer about his second explosive novel When She Was Good featuring gifted criminal psychologist Cyrus Haven. Two greats – one night!

ABOUT THE BOOK (Released July 28)

She has secrets.

Six years ago, Evie Cormac was found hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a brutal murder. But nobody has ever discovered her real name or where she came from, because everybody who tries ends up dead.

He needs answers.

Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven believes the truth will set Evie free. Ignoring her warnings, he begins to dig into her past, only to disturb a hornet's nest of corrupt and powerful people, who have been waiting to find Evie - the final witness they have been searching for. Unbeknownst to him, Cyrus is leading them straight to Evie. The truth will not set her free. It will get them killed.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Before becoming a novelist, Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain. As a journalist and writer he investigated notorious cases such as the serial killer couple Fred and Rosemary West. He has worked with clinical and forensic psychologists as they helped police investigate complex, psychologically driven crimes.

Michael's 2004 debut thriller, The Suspect, sold more than 1 million copies around the world. It is the first of nine novels featuring clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, who faces his own increasing battle with a debilitating disease. Michael has also written four standalone thrillers. In 2015 he won the UK's prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award with his standalone thriller Life or Death. He lives in Sydney.

Chris Hammer is the author of two non-fiction and two crime fiction novels. His crime debut, Scrublands, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2018, and is a worldwide best seller. It won the prestigious UK Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award for best debut crime novel published in the United Kingdom and was shortlisted for the 2019 ABIA, Indies and NSW Premier’s awards. It’s currently shortlisted for a prestigious Barry Award (USA) for a debut crime novel. Chris’ second novel Silver was published in 2019. It was shortlisted for the 2020 ABIA awards and is currently shortlisted for the Booksellers’ Choice awards and longlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association top award, The Gold Dagger. His new crime novel, Trust, will be published in October this year. All three novels feature journalist Martin Scarsden as their protagonist.

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