Bestselling crime author Chris Hammer announces 10-date regional Victorian tour 

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Bestselling crime author Chris Hammer announces 10-date regional Victorian tour 

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Hear from Chris Hammer as he discusses his latest gripping and atmospheric thriller ‘The Tilt’.

International best-selling author Chris Hammer will discuss his latest thriller novel The Tilt at venues across Victoria this October.

Hammer will kick off his tour in Mount Beauty at the Mount Beauty Writers Festival on Saturday, October 15, before taking to Shepparton, Melbourne, Ballarat, Castlemaine, Bendigo, Croydon, Hobsons Bay and Frankston before finishing up in Eltham on Thursday, October 20.

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Since his first award-winning book, Scrublands (2018), Chris Hammer has become a household name – a master in rural noir. This will be his fifth novel, and second featuring Homicide Detective Nell Buchanan (The first time we met her was in the 2021 novel Treasure & Dirt) – although The Tilt can certainly be read as a standalone!

The Tilt is a stunning multi-layered novel which centres on newly-minted homicide detective Nell Buchanan as she returns to her home town, annoyed at being assigned a decades-old murder – a ‘file and forget’.

But this is no ordinary cold case, as the discovery of more bodies triggers a chain of escalating events in the present day. As Nell starts to join the pieces together, she begins to question how well she truly knows those closest to her. Could her own family be implicated in the crimes?

The nearer Nell comes to uncovering the secrets of the past, the more dangerous the present becomes for her, as she battles shadowy assailants and sinister forces. Can she survive this harrowing investigation and what price will she have to pay for the truth?

Gripping and atmospheric, The Tilt is a brilliant addition to Hammer’s catalogue.

Chris Hammer was a journalist for more than thirty years, dividing his career between covering Australian federal politics and international affairs. For many years he was a roving foreign correspondent for SBS TV’s flagship current affairs program Dateline. He has reported from more than thirty countries on six continents. In Canberra, roles included chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, current affairs correspondent for SBS TV and a senior political journalist for The Age.

His first book, The River, published in 2010 to critical acclaim, was the recipient of the ACT Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award and the Manning Clark House National Cultural Award. Scrublands, his second book, was published in 2018 and was shortlised for Best Debut Fiction at the Indie Book Awards.

Chris has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Charles Sturt University and a master’s degree in international relations from the Australian National University. He lives in Canberra with his wife, Dr Tomoko Akami. The couple have two children.

Books will be available for purchase at most venues with the possibility for book signings.

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