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A gripping short crime story featuring Darian Richards by Australia's 2012 bestselling debut crime writer Tony Cavanaugh. Includes previews of his two full-length novels.

[Cavanaugh's debut is] "as good as Harlan Coben" (Weekend Australian).

Darian Richards is a retired homicide investigator. He was one of the best. But chasing monsters eventually took its toll and he quit the force to sit on a jetty on the Noosa River. Or so he planned.

After years of service, witnessing the best and the worst of policing, Darian has made up his own mind about justice. Whenever a horrific crime is committed debate rages about the nature of punishment. As far as the law is concerned justice doesn't condone revenge, but tell that to the family of a murder victim or to the woman you can't protect. Darian Richards knows that in the real world, when your hands are tied, sometimes revenge is the only justice.

The Soft Touch takes you deep into Darian's past, to the life lessons that made him who he is. He is a man you want looking out for you not looking for you.

Tony Cavanaugh is an Australian writer and producer for film and television. He has written for The Sullivans, Carson's Law, The Flying Doctors, Fire, Adrenalin Junkies and Clowning Around. He was nominated for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for the screenplay Through My Eyes. His first novel, PROMISE, was critically acclaimed. DEAD GIRL SING is his second novel and will be published 26 February 2013.

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