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Win 1 of 4 copies of The Long Game by Simon Rowell

This sharply written crime thriller featuring Harry the loyal service dog is set around Melbourne and will keep you hooked till the end!
‘The plot for The Long Game was sketched out on a café napkin over a 10 minute burst of scribbling. The next day I was writing the book. That’s what really appeals to me—that you can build something meaningful from an idea and a keyboard.’ said Simon Rowell.

A summer of relentless heat. A local surfer named Ray Carlson is found dead in a house not far from Portsea back beach. There’s a kitchen knife deep in his chest, and blood everywhere.

Detective Sergeant Zoe Mayer is scarcely back from extended leave, and still wrestling with her demons, but she is assigned the case—alongside her new service dog, Harry, whose instincts help her in unexpected ways.

There’s an obvious suspect for the murder, and Zoe makes an arrest. But it’s all too neat, and none of Zoe’s colleagues believes her theory that the whole thing is a stitch-up.
Except now someone is trying to hunt Zoe down.

Superbly plotted, and vividly set in the beachside suburbs and hilly retreats around Melbourne, The Long Game is a mystery about a tough and clever investigator who won’t give up.

Genre: Fiction, Crime & Thriller, Australian
Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Text Publishing, 3 August 2021

RRP: A$ 32.99; NZ $38.00 from all good book stores and online. 

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 Simon Rowell & Harry the Golden Retriever - Photo: Darren James Photography

About the author

Simon Rowell has worked on outback oil rigs, managed nightclubs, been a tour guide and run marketing campaigns. His first book, The Echo of Others, was longlisted for the Ned Kelly Awards for Best First Crime in 2018. He lives with his wife, Karen, in rural Victoria on a farm full of rescued animals.

*** Win 1 of 4 copies of Simon Rowell's The Long Game" ***
Total Prize Pool: $132.00


1) Like our post (02/09/2021) + Facebook page and/or our Instagram Account
2) Comment "what qualities or features do you appreciate the most in your dog?" (photo / video entries welcome) via the Australian Dog Lover Facebook page or Instagram page.


1. This Competition opened on Thursday 2nd September 2021 (4pm) and closed on Saturday 11th September 2021 (midnight, AEST). Open to Australian residents only. 
Congratulations to our winners this week: Trish Welsh, Tracy Diane, Sue Mann & Jannette Memedovski (via Facebook).
Please allow 2-3 weeks to receive your book directly from the Publisher.
2. To Enter, Like our post (02/09/2021) + Comment "what qualities or features do you appreciate the most in your dog?" via the Australian Dog Lover Facebook page or Instagram page.
3. This Promotion is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.
The entries will be judged by the Australian Dog Lover team. The winning entries will be selected based on the most creative, informative or useful statement.
4. Entrants in the competition can only enter once.
5. Prizes not claimed within 48 hours will be redrawn.
* Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of all terms and conditions.

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