Imagine a dystopic future where the religious right have won out and strike terror into anyone who doesn't fit their idea of what's acceptable to God.
Against that backdrop throw Salisbury Forth, a gender-transgressive, who is a courier for an ethical illegal drug dealer. It seems someone has a vendetta against the drug dealer and Sal needs to solve the mystery or go down with the ship.
I had to push past the first twenty pages before I started to get into it. Once I did, I could see it's a similar narrative style to fantasy writer Patrick Rothfuss, whom I love. For an Australian fantasy, it's uncharacteristically mature in its spellbinding story and it wraps up all the threads and delivers a neatly packaged story.
I can see the novel appealing to three groups of people: transgendered readers, Melburnians and people who love quality Australian fantasy.