This Aussie crime pulp novel isn’t too old. I think I picked it up around 1996 or so (was published in 1995). I can’t remember too much about it now, so I’ll let the back cover blurb do the talking for me – although this description reads a little muddled.
A tropical paradise on the outside
a slaughterhouse on the inside
When professional gambler, Jack Speerman goes looking for his mate Charlie in Far North Queensland, he already knows something is wrong. Not that the crocs have left much of Charlie to find. Not that Charlie’s girlfriend, Verve is saying much either. Until someone else gets killed right in front of her eyes and a head shot from a moonlit beach into a crowded restaurant, turns the brains of an American privateer to sauce.
The hunt for Charlie’s killers follows a bloody trail of bodies leading to an international bird smuggling ring more ruthless and deadly than the crocs which snatch the unwary killers.
As Charlie and Verve unreel the layers of deception, greed and murder – they learn to trust no one, not even each other…
Green’s novel is based on the disappearance of five bird smugglers and a wildlife officer in FNQ. Authorities are still searching for the bodies.