Unchartered Waters by Peter Cruskall is a fictional crime, mystery thriller set along the east coast of Australia. From page one until the very end, there is plenty of action that keeps you turning the pages.
Detective Jack Wagner from the Australian Federal Police is investigating the emergence of a new higher-quality drug that has hit the streets in Sydney.
A joint operation between the Australian Federal Police, the NSW Police, the Australian Border Force, and the Marine Border Control is taking place. The foreign shipping vessel that made the drop is high tailing it into international waters and the local fishing vessel has been set on fire by its two occupants who have disappeared over the side.
While the fire is extinguished and 400 kilos of drugs have been seized, it would have been ideal to have apprehended someone in the drug supply chain.
Thanks to an astute AMSA analyst in Canberra questioning suspicious movement in the shipping channel a new investigation begins.
Julie Anne Granger, a journalist for Sydney Daily News is Jack’s girlfriend. She is searching for her next big story.
An anonymous tip-off on the suspicious behaviour of Li Qiang, a resident of Shanghai, who frequently travels to Australia interests Julie Anne.
Julie Anne had been observing Chinese interference in Australian political and corporate life. She questions, where they get the money to fund their political interests. Her angle will be “follow the money”.
Social Justice Lawyer Melissa Wu is being pursued by mystery Chinese backers to nominate for a seat in parliament.
Melissa and Julie Anne’s paths collide.
As all the departments work collaboratively, we are taken into a world of drug smuggling, corruption, threats, money laundering, kidnapping, and murder.
There are many levels of drug smuggling and distribution and not all involved are able to be brought to justice.
So with unfinished business, I am hoping there will be another novel with Jack, Julie Anne, and Melissa!
This is Peter Cruskall’s first book. Unchartered Waters has deservedly been nominated for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2023 and The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2023.
Unchartered Waters is an excellent read, covering the topical subject of Chinese involvement in Australia while increasing the reader’s knowledge of how Australian agencies work to keep our country safe.
Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Shawline Publishing for the opportunity to read this action-packed informative story.
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