THE LOW ROAD by Australian author Chris Womersley received the 2008 Ned Kelly Award for best first novel. Read it and you will figure out why. Ned Kelly is the Australian version of Jesse James (my Aussie friends would argue that the converse is true), and the award given in his name is, to my mind, a trademark of great crime fiction. Indeed, this is a dark and brooding tale of bad deeds and dogged pursuit, the epitome of noir literature at its very best.
"While THE LOW ROAD is not for the squeamish, fans of dark crime fiction in the United States will hail this book a classic."