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Crucifixion Creek

(The Belltree Trilogy #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  597 ratings  ·  110 reviews
A meth-addicted biker shoots a woman during a police siege. An elderly couple commit suicide on the terrace of their favorite café. An unidentified white male is stabbed to death in the street.

For Sydney homicide detective Harry Belltree, not long out of the military and a grueling tour of Afghanistan, these three deaths appear to be just another day at the office. Until,
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Published September 24th 2014 by Text Publishing
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Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Sydney based cop, Harry Belltree is carrying out his own personal investigation into the suspicious death of his parents in a car accident - the same accident in which his wife Jenny lost her sight. Meanwhile, the police are investigating the stabbing of Harry's brother-in-law Greg, an investigation that Harry has been ordered to steer well clear of.
He decides to feed information gained, to journalist Kelly, in the hope that he can discover the reasons behind these deaths, and most importantly
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5* Set in south-western Sydney, Australia, Homicide Detective Harry Belltree doesn’t play by the rules. Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of his parents by unknown assailants, Harry is determined to find those responsible and deal with them on a very personal level. Investigating current crimes, Belltree reluctantly agrees to provide the occasional tip to Kelly Pool, a nosey dynamic news reporter, hoping the few details he provides aids in discovering any cover ups in Crucifixion Creek. ...more
Homicide detective Harry Belltree was still grieving the deaths of his parents three years previously; the dreadful car accident which had also left his wife Jenny blind. He was sure their deaths weren’t an accident – and he wanted to know who had killed them. His paranoia and fixation was beginning to annoy his superiors.

When Phoebe finally arrived to meet her two old friends for their usual coffee get together, she was shocked and devastated to find them sitting outside the café, holding hands
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
I did not like this book as much as most people who have reviewed it but it was okay. I have to admit I did not like the fact it was written in the present tense. That's just me but it sometimes has the effect of making me feel uncomfortable as it did in this case!
That apart it was certainly an action packed story. Harry was an interesting character as was his wife. I was not sure about a cop who goes out and kills people just because he wants to, but it certainly kept the story moving along!
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Terrific start to a trilogy!

Detective Harry Belltree has never reconciled with the generally accepted fact that the cause of his parents' death three years previously was an accident.
When the car they were driving left the highway and plunged through the barrier into the bush, both of his parents were killed, and Harry's wife Jenny who was also a passenger in the back seat of the car at the time, suffered injuries which have left her blind.

Harry is consumed with the idea that their accident was
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Crucifixion Creek, a suburb in Sydney seems to be an aptly named place, full of the worst sorts of evil. Homicide detective first gets called out there when his brother in law found murdered outside his building business. Harry's family is still recovering from the deaths of his parents three years ago in a traffic accident, one his wife survived but lost her sight as a result. Looking into his brother in law's estate he discovers that his business is almost bankrupt and he owes a large sum of m ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Crucifixion Creek is the first book in The Belltree Trilogy and the fourteenth novel by Scots-born Australian author, architect and urban design expert, Barry Maitland. A former member of the Crows bikie gang shoots his girlfriend during a siege at Crucifixion Creek, in Sydney’s south-west; an elderly couple take their own lives at a beachside café; a builder is stabbed to death in an apparent mugging. Bankstown Chronicle journalist, Kelly Pool believes the incidents are connected, and she wants ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: australiano
The Good:
It’s fast paced, exciting and very brutal. The Sydney portrayed here felt authentic, as did most of the characters. Insights into policing and journalism were interesting, though I wouldn’t know if they were accurate. It was a very enjoyable book. The protagonist was badass (or is it badarse?)

The Bad:
There were more than a few moments where my suspension of disbelief was sorely tested. In fact there were plenty such moments. A couple of the characters felt cartoony.

'Friends' character t
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Id seen some decent reviews on this and saw it also had some awards/nominations attached so gave it a go. The story was solid but slow in some places, the characters just felt lazy and to me uninteresting. The ending was good and I do believe theres a part 2 and 3. Not sure why it didnt gel with me. Normally I love this style if crime fiction. I might have to give book 2 a check when I have the time.
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A superb and well written thriller! It covers contemporary Australian issues and culture. Harry, a cop, is convinced that the death of his parents and the blinding of his wife in an accident was, in fact, no accident. A double suicide leaves him suspicious and a fatal stabbing turns out to be his brother in law.

Kelly, a journalist, is concerned about the number of deaths and gets together with Harry to interview him. The two of them discover powerful people who want to keep dark secrets well hid
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great start to an Australian-based crime trilogy that is a little different to the norm.
Detective Harry Belltree is still reeling from the events three years ago that left his parents dead and his wife blind. He's the only person who doesn't believe that it was an accident, and he just can't leave it alone, which doesn't please his superiors.
Journalist Kelly Pool is investigating a spate of recent deaths. They all keep leading her back to the Crucifixion Creek area of the city.
Initially unwill
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A must read!!
My View:

I am very pleased to make the acquaintance of Barry Maitland. I want to read all of your books!

This is the first book written by Barry Maitland that I have read – and again I ask – why haven’t I come across your writing before Barry?
And when is the TV series/big screen movie being released?

This book – the first is the Harry Belltree series is written in contemporary Australia but could probably be sited almost anywhere in the modern world – issues relating to war/returned s
Harry Belltree is an Aboriginal detective in the NSW police. His father had been a Supreme Court Judge but he and Harry's mother were killed in a mysterious car crash three years ago. Harry's wife Jenny was blinded in the same crash and although there was evidence that a second car was involved, somehow it was found to be just an accident and Harry's suspicions an outcome of his tour in Afghanistan.

Now he is called to a bikie siege where both the woman hostage and bikie shooter are killed. Then
Liz Needle
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was my first taste of Barry Maitland - the first time I had even heard of him, even though he is a well known Australian crime writer. I will certainly be reading more of his works.

"Crucifixion Creek" had me in from the first page and I couldn't put it down. It is a fast paced, intricately plotted thriller with a tough, sometimes brutal, but very interesting detective - Harry Belltree. Maitland's prose is tight, well constructed and compelling. His characters are believable, their dial
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic trilogy
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Barry Maitland's Brock & Kolla series is notable for, amongst many things, the way that he always takes a location in London and builds it into the story, almost as another character. In the first of the Harry Belltree trilogy, CRUCIFIXION CREEK, set in Sydney, there is a similar approach, this time with a location of notorious reputation. Crucifixion Creek is the scene of a massacre of Aboriginal people by early colony British marines. Extending that history into the current day, Harry Bell ...more
The Blurb:

Homicide detective Harry Belltree wouldn’t usually be looking too hard at an elderly couple’s suicide pact. Especially now, when his brother-in-law Greg has just been stabbed to death. But it seems Greg and the old couple had ties to the same man, a bent moneylender with friends in high places—and low.

Harry can’t get officially involved in Greg’s murder, but he suspects a link with two other mysterious deaths: his parents’. And when he goes off-grid to investigate, that’s when things s
Dec 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reviews
Barry Maitland is one of Australia’s most respected crime writers. He has a slew of titles to his name, but according to the press release that came with my copy of Crucifixion Creek, his latest novel represents a “triumphant change of direction” for him.

I haven’t read any of his earlier work, so I can’t say if that is true or not. But what I can say is that this is a rather dark, noirish crime thriller, one that blurs the lines between the good guys and the bad guys, and feels like something Pe
Sharon Jarvis
Crucifixion Creek is the first in the Belltree Trilogy and I am looking forward to reading the other 2 in the series.
Detective Sergeant Harry Belltree doesn't behave like a real detective in the New South Wales Police force but he is an incredibly volatile character who after three years doesn't accept that the dreadful car accident that killed his parents and blinded his wife, Jenny, was an accident and so is in relentless pursuit of the truth. Despite being blind Jenny develops a method where
Breakaway Reviewers
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When is a review not a review………..?

You know what? I don’t think I want to write a review about this book. I don’t think I’m going to tell you how good it is, how complex the plot is, how well the characters are developed, how each plays their part. I’m not sure I want to review how all the strands of the plot are eventually plaited together so we can make sense of the events. I don’t want to write about how you won’t be able to put this book down and how much tension there is within it’s pages,
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
A better than average crime thriller. Set in Australia, detective Harry Belltree and his superintendent Deb Velasco are investigating the death of Harry's brother-in-law Greg March a high end builder. Harry's father and mother, Danny and Mary, were killed three years earlier when their car was run off a road by a tow truck. Harry's wife, Jenny, was in the backseat. She survived but was blinded in the accident. Jenny was a sophisticated researcher for a law firm prior to her accident. Something i ...more
Text Publishing
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, fiction, australian
Shortlisted, Ned Kelly Awards, Best Crime Novel, 2015

After years writing top-quality crime set in England, one of the genre’s top writers Barry Maitland has turned his hand to the streets of Sydney with this dark, twisting tale of Harry Belltree, a homicide detective with big fish to fry and personal scores to settle.

This is the first in the Belltree Trilogy, followed by Ash Island , published on September 23.

‘An unqualified triumph and Aussie hardboiled crime fiction at its very best.’
West Aus
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
If you can overlook the heavy handed approach to the plot and not worry about the detail then you might enjoy this first Harry Belltree story. The character has some interesting attributes, some predictable ones as well. His law breaking habits are fun. The greatest deficiency for me is the glossing over of quite violent and antisocial themes. In quality writing I look for insights that I didn't previously have, about the subject, character or myself. Yes even in crime novels. This writing remi ...more
Warren Gossett
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am not usually into crime fiction. Over the past few months I have discovered when I am. One situation is when I hear an intelligent interview with the writer on radio or the Internet. The other situation if when I see the writer in person explaining his work at a writers festival. That is how I have come to love the works of Adrian McKinty and now this book by Barry Maitland. I guess I am more interested in the mind of the crime writer than the mind of the criminal. The magic of the writer wh ...more
Nick Osborne
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
At first I felt like I had missed a prequel to this series and that I should have had some previous knowledge to the story. But once the backstory unfolded throughout the narrative, the plot roared to a fantastic finish.
Gary Van Cott
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the author's previous Kathy Kola and David Brock series. Apparently, after living in Australia for quite a few years he thought he should write something set there. I enjoyed this book as well and hope there will be more.
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Homicide detective Harry Belltree wouldn’t usually be looking too hard at an elderly couple’s suicide pact. Especially now, when his brother-in-law Greg has just been stabbed to death. But it seems Greg and the old couple had ties to the same man, a bent moneylender with friends in high places—and low.
Harry can’t get officially involved in Greg’s murder, but he suspects a link with two other mysterious deaths:
Robyn Gibson
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Barry Maitland gave a talk at our local library on how he goes about writing his books. The work that is put into his research is amazing and the end result is his Belltree Trilogy books.
Harry Belltree is the detective whose parents were killed in a car crash and his wife was travelling with them; she was blinded. Harry is sure this was not an accident so he takes it upon himself to investigate without involving his police buddies.
There's a lot happening in this book.....bikie gangs, corrupt p
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
This is the first outing for detective Harry Belltree, set in Australia, in hard-boiled crime genre. Unfortunately, Harry Belltree along with the other characters lack the complexity that are such a feature of classic hard boiled crime. Completely without charm, Belltree is a one-dimensional terminator, who runs around enacting his own form of violent ‘justice’, aided and abetted by his blind wife, who spends her time computer hacking. All of this is presented as normal for a police officer and ...more
Mark Stewart
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The character of Harry Belltree probably sums up the character of this whole series. A bit rough and unpredictable but viscerally compulsive. There is never a dull moment as the action lurches from one crisis to another at the main character smashes his way through his grief and a series of ever increasing perils. The Australian setting is refreshing after the seemingly endless Brock and Kolla series in London, which will excellent also, was starting to feel slightly stretched over the last coup ...more
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Barry Maitland is the author of the acclaimed Brock and Kolla series of crime mystery novels, which are set in London, where Barry grew up after his family moved there.

His books have been described as whydunits as much as whodunits, concerned with the devious histories and motivations of their characters. Barry's background in architecture drew him to the structured character of the mystery novel,

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The Belltree Trilogy (3 books)
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