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The Boundary

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  11 reviews
When a multi million-dollar development threatens the sacred site of one of Australia&'s Aboriginal populations, the Corrowa people file a native claim over the site. Hours after Justice Brosnan rejects the claim, he is dead. Days later, the developer's lawyer is also killed. As the body count rises, it becomes clear that the key to unlocking the murderer's identity is ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by University of Queensland Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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THE BOUNDARY is the first novel from Australian author Nicole Watson. Nicole is a member of the Birri-Gubba People and the Yugambeh language group and her novel is set in Brisbane, at the end of an unsuccessful land rights claim, soon after which high profile people start dying.

Reading this book it's impossible not to be aware of some fundamental elements. There is a sense of anger in the book - anger at the treatment of an ancient people in their land and anger at the deprivation and desecratio
Michael Livingston
I loved parts of this - the anger in the book is palpable, the setting (Brisbane, particularly West End) is evoked strongly and the deep-rooted Indigenous perspective was welcome. But I struggled too - the writing never flowed for me, and I found the structure difficult to follow and the flashbacks unclear and unhelpful. The mystical part of the story didn't work for me at all and the resolution wasn't hugely satisfactory. Also: for some reason it really annoyed me that all of Brisbane's landmar ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Despite reading 63 books so far this year for the Australian Women Writing Challenge, none have been written by indigenous women. Determined to rectify that oversight I requested The Boundary by Nicole Watson from my library. Nicole Watson is a member of the Birri-Gubba People and the Yugambeh language group. Her experience as a lawyer working in Legal Aid, the National Native Title Tribunal, and the Environmental Protection Agency is evident in this novel, as is her identification as an aborigi ...more
I highly recommend this book, such an eye opener and so gripping. Thanks Larissa Behrendt for the (public) recommendation. She suggested it as an entertaining way to learn about indigenous connection to the land. It was great to read close to Politics of Suffering, as felt good to have an indigenous voice through story commenting on various government policies, and such a welcome contrast to Politics... A number of indigenous and other characters appear, goodies and baddies across races (perhaps ...more
Most of this book was a fun and gripping crime thriller, with Aboriginal lawyers, detectives and activists all mixed up in what was happening. The last few chapters were deeply unsettling and disturbing. The writing was quite abrasive, in a way that worked, with little humorous touches like a company selling out Aboriginal people called Coconut Holdings, and a yobbo radio station called Green and Gold FM. The play between reality and the novel is intriguing, and the role of spirits and history w ...more
Compelling and disturbing. Brisbane is a whole new light. I thought the point of view was a little unfocused, so it took me a while to get into it.
Maree Kimberley
I don't read a lot of crime fiction, but I get the feeling this whodunnit is a little bit out of the ordinary. The Boundary, a debut novel by lawyer Nicole Watson, is set in my home town of Brisbane, and draws upon the intrigues of Black politics, as well as wider Indigenous issues such as native title, land rights and deaths in custody. Those with even just a slight knowledge of current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues and politics will probably recognise a few of the main character ...more
Claire Melanie
This is a brilliant book with great characters. Set around the fall out of an unsuccessful native title claim, it is a mystery and I have to admit that even after finishing it I have no idea who the guilty party was... But still would highly recommend it
Newtown Review of Books
It may have a body on the first page, but The Boundary is no ordinary crime novel. Yes, there is a lawyer-hero (the troubled Miranda Eversley), there is a good cop and a bad cop, bad lawyers, a weak government official, a battered wife, and an angry community. But into this mix Nicole Watson adds generous slices of Brisbane’s Indigenous history, and a supernatural being called Red Feathers.

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I thought this was an extraordinary book. It took me a while to get into it - it is just so bleak, but the suspense drew me in around a quarter of the way through. The last half was impossible to put down. In spite of the dark and tragic themes throughout, there is a sliver of hope running through it. I really look forward to reading more of Watson's work.
Excellent Australian fiction with a bit of myth and legend thrown in.
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