I’m a bit of a sucker for Aussie noir, and ‘the Inheritance’ by Gabriel Bergmoser is a dark, ultra-violent odyssey through the Antipodean nether regions.
The protagonist is Maggie, a taciturn young woman trying to shelter from her troubled past. However, circumstance and a cast of mesmerisingly nasty characters conspire against her. Before long, she is pitched into a bloody battle for survival for which she proves more than equal.
Some of the kickass Lara Croft-style sequences stretch credibility a bit. There are also just a few too many homicidal maniacs leaping from the shadows. Nevertheless, this book is pacy, engrossing, and beautifully written.