A leader in Australian noir, bestselling Scrublands author Chris Hammer is the winner of the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger award. In Silver, flawed protagonist Martin Scarsden returns to his hometown to discover his former school friend lying on the floor of his girlfriend’s house with a knife plunged into his back and a postcard in his hand. Chris talks with Guardian Australia’s Paul Daley about his enthralling and propulsive new thriller.

Chris Hammer (Australian)

Chris Hammer

Chris Hammer is the bestselling author of crime novels Scrublands and Silver. Scrublands was shortlisted for the 2019 Indie, ABIA and NSW Premier Awards and won the UK Crime Writers' Association's prestigious John Creasey New Blood Dagger. Chris was a journalist for more than 30 years before turning to writing full time in 2017.

Paul Daley (Australian)

Paul Daley

Paul Daley is a Sydney-based multi-award winning journalist, essayist and author whose books have been shortlisted for major Australian literary awards including the Prime Minister's History Prize, the Nib and the Manning Clark House Cultural Awards. His forthcoming novel is Jesustown.