A searing, revealing, white-knuckle ride into the heart of a crime family straight out of tomorrow's headlines.

'If The Godfather was set in Sydney today, it would be about the Lebs. But brothers, lots of brothers. Fathers don't matter anymore.'
Detective Inspector Brian Harris

John Habib is the mechanic son of a Muslim Lebanese-Australian crime family in Sydney's Western suburbs. His oldest brother is in a maximum security prison, his middle brother is becoming increasingly fundamentalist, and his younger brother Rafi is on trial for a murder he swears he didn't commit. John has no reason to disbelieve Rafi but there are things going on in the family that he just doesn't understand. Why has his brother taken control of the family away from their father? Are the police really trying to set up Rafi? And what is the compelling evidence they say will put him away? John sets out to prove Rafi's innocence in the face of his predatory older brothers and some Lebanese-hating cops.

Bec Ralston is a good detective who doesn't know why she's been ordered to attend Rafi's trial. She was previously thrown off the investigation for voicing the opinion that Rafi might be innocent. As the court case goes badly wrong, she finds herself torn between her loyalty to the senior police she respects and the truth.

Not since Peter Temple's The Broken Shore and Truth has the world of criminals and police been so uncompromisingly and authentically drawn. This brilliant, fast-paced novel will seize you from its first page and not let you go till long after its explosive, mind-twisting conclusion.


'a searing voyage into the fragmented spirit of Sydney ... Crime fiction doesn't get much better.'—The Weekend Australian

'Duffy's drama, his characters and his writing are as good as it gets, up there with Michael Connelly et al.'—The Daily Telegraph

'With the recent Squizzy, the semi-fictional depiction of Melbourne's crime world descended into the frankly ridiculous. All the more reason then to be thankful for the unflinching eye of Michael Duffy, applying here in Drive By a brilliant mix of reportage drawn from life observation and the novelist's dramatic touch'—The Melbourne Review

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