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Resurrection Bay

(Caleb Zelic #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  3,218 ratings  ·  494 reviews
Winner, The Ned Kelly Best Debut
Winner, The Davitt Best Adult Novel
Winner, The Davitt Best Debut
Winner, The Davitt Readers' Choice
Best Crime Book, iBooks Australia

Caleb Zelic can't hear you. But he sees everything.


His childhood friend has
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Pushkin Vertigo (first published September 1st 2015)
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Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* Thank you to for a paper copy of Resurrection Bay for which I have given an honest review*

After reading this excellent debut novel, I assert that Australian author Emma Viskic is certainly a name to watch out for in the crime genre.

Caleb Zelic hasn't found life easy; profoundly deaf since he was a young boy he's had to work exceptionally hard just to fit in. Our protagonist uses lip reading, examination of facial expressions and small movements of body language (discernible
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an excellent debut novel. No wonder the author won prizes for this.

Caleb Zelic works as a kind of private investigator which is not unusual in a crime story. What is unusual is that he is deaf and has been so since he contracted meningitis as a child. A deaf main character - wow! Emma Viskic does an excellent job of showing the effect this handicap has on Caleb's day to day life, his responses to others and their attitudes towards him.

All of the characters are well written and there is pl
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best debut I’ve read this year! “Resurrection Bay” won numerous awards in Australia and it’s publication in the US is cause for celebration among crime fiction lovers.

Viskic has created a new breed of investigator with Caleb Zelic. Caleb is severely hearing impaired and relies on sign language with friends and lip reading with everyone else. His hearing impairment has trained him to be very visually focused - this allows him to read lips, but has also facilitated his abilities to closely ob
‘Constable Marsden wasn’t killed by some dodgy warehouse manager, Mr Zelic. He was executed.' Executed – that’s a word you don’t hear thrown around the outer suburbs too often.

A happy-looking word: a little smile for the first syllable, a soft pucker for the third.”

I had to try it. Perfect. Smile, pucker. Later there was this:

“Her mouth formed such perfect shapes: gently catching the Fs against her lower lip, kissing the Ws. He could watch her all day.”

We know that Caleb Zelic is profoundly
Resurrection Bay is the first book in the Caleb Zelic series by Aussie author Emma Viskic. This is a fast paced debut novel packed with suspense, crime and mystery all of which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.

And of course I’d better not forget to mention the twist which really took me by surprise as I really didn’t see that coming at all. A fabulous read and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. Highly recommended.
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caleb Zelic was not your typical detective. Profoundly deaf since age five, he navigated the world by lip reading, watching facial expressions and viewing body language. His hearing aids enabled him to discern distant sounds and the occasional warning horn. Caleb and partner Frankie Reynolds owned Trust Works, a company that did corporate security fraud investigation. Frankie was a crusty, potty-mouthed ex-cop in her 50's. She was a recovering alcoholic. Caleb hired childhood friend, Senior Cons ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m developing a definite liking for Australian lit. This book in particular has an edgy, noir-ish feel that worked well for me. Having a detective who is essentially deaf and uses powerful hearing aids and carefully learned skills of reading body language and situations as well as lips makes for a different type of mystery. Caleb Zelic has tried to surround himself with people who can help and complement him in life and work, but it doesn’t always work and he’s often his own worst enemy. We see ...more
Caleb Zelic’s race against time had been a waste of time from the start – he was too late. Gary was dead and nothing was going to bring him back. Senior Constable Gary Marsden had been Caleb’s best friend since childhood and a better man he couldn’t have found. But when Detective Tedesco showed signs of suspecting Caleb of Gary’s death, Caleb was shattered. Caleb was profoundly deaf and his senses picked up different and varying signs from people all the time – he knew he had to find Gary’s kill ...more
4.50 Stars (Rnd ⬆️) — An instant Aussie-noir classic!!! PI Casework at its absolute finest! Emma Viskic has crafted a modern-noire-detective & tale that isn’t merely enthralling or thrilling, it’s truly sublime. The setting — in my very own city of Melbourne — is painted only in spots and drabs, but the spirit is absolutely there. But that aside, what makes this mysterious thriller about a deaf PI so terrifically engaging is the skill in which its author crafts the narrative. Expertly, in a pace ...more
Nat K
Wow. What a ride.

This is an amazing effort for a debut writer. I'm stunned. The story moved along at a great pace, the characters were believable, and I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next.

I didn't see the twist in the story, and had no inkling of how it would unfold. From my perspective, that's a bonus. It's always nice to be pleasantly (or unpleasantly) surprised by what happens in a book that you're engrossed with.

The laconic Aussie humour laced throughout added another
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character, Caleb Zelic, is quite unique. He is deaf, and this creates not only communication difficulties for him, but also the author. The very different dialog and the difficulties Caleb faced made the book extra interesting. I think the author did a great job mixing signing, lip reading, and speech.

The story starts with the murder of Caleb's childhood friend, Gary. Frankie, an ex-cop, is Caleb's good friend who helps him try to find out what happened. Frankie is an alcoholic who has
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Confident and razor-sharp in its authenticity, Resurrection Bay is an extremely impressive debut that has won numerous awards. Talented Australian author Emma Viskic has crafted a pacy procedural that demands for readers to take notice. What sets this contemporary private eye novel uniquely apart is the portrayal of its central character, who, at around the age of five, and while only in primary school,
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A great new voice in crime fiction!

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I finished reading this book about a week ago – and here I am still trying to find the words to adequately describe my reaction,
(positive, 5 stars) to this book. It was a great read, a fantastic debut, Emma Viskic is a great new voice in Australian crime fiction. It is an inclusive and diverse voice; the language deftly written laced with laconic dry humour (Caleb has a typical Australian self-deprecating sense of self and humour) and there are Indigeno
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Australian crime fiction is blessed to have talented authors, such as Emma Viskic, the author of Resurrection Bay. This Melbourne based crime writer has composed a debut piece of fiction that has a strong line of authenticity, is completely fresh and is marked by astute prose. At the helm of Resurrection Bay is Caleb Zelic, a profoundly deaf private investigator, who is faced with the task of solving his friend’s murder, alongside proving his innocence.

Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho hum. I did like the quirky, deaf detective but otherwise Resurrection Bay disappointed me. I admit I've been hard to please with thrillers/detective novels/mysteries lately. So it might just be me. There is a lot of action and a few surprises at the end but I wasn't invested enough to care. ...more
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Resurrection Bay is the first novel by Australian author, Emma Viskic. Caleb Zelic and his partner, ex-cop Frankie Reynolds run Trust Works, a security and investigation business. Their latest case concerns thefts from a warehouse and Caleb has asked his best friend, Senior Constable Gary Marsden, to help out. So when he belatedly gets an urgent text from Gary saying he is being pursued by a “Scott”, Caleb rushes to his aid. Too late. He is the one to find his friend savagely murdered, and while ...more
Resurrection Bay is Emma Viskic's debut novel.

I'm glad I finally got around to reading it, as it was utterly gripping.
I loved Caleb Zelic's character, with his anxieties and struggles.
The writing appealed to me a great deal.
I never suspected who were the baddies, not that it's the main draw card for me to enjoy this genre, I'm more interested in character development and the writing.

This novel had the right pace, the right amount of pages, the plot was credible enough (well, one could argue t
Alan Cotterell
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020, ib
This was a great book for any writer, let alone a debut novel.
Great characters, brilliant plot, Aussie humour and a great twist that definitely caught me our.
It is books like this that highlight the lack of books like this set in Australia. Unless I am just not seeing them.
Loved the added dimension of a hearing impaired main character, that really brought home more of the issues involved, in his line of work.
Thank you to Nat K for the recommendation and I look forward to reading further books i
I had high hopes for this Australian crime/thriller and was not disappointed. This is another series I will continue to read.

The story begins in a pool of blood, with deaf PI Caleb Zelic discovering his childhood friend Gary has been brutally murdered in his own home. A policeman, Gary had been helping Caleb out with a warehouse robbery investigation to earn a bit of extra cash on the side. Before we know it, Caleb's business partner Frankie has gone missing and Caleb himself is on the run and a
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Resurrection Bay is Aussie author Emma Viskic's debut crime novel and the 1st book in her Caleb Zelic series.
A clever page turner enhanced by a deaf protagonist. Caleb is a fascinating character who investigates the death of a close friend. However, difficulties present themselves when his hearing aids are not working properly and he is quickly surrounded by danger.
An enthralling, intense read and I look forward to the next book in this series.
The audiobook was narrated by Lewis Fitzgerald and I
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A deftly handled plot, strong characters and a sly, dry humour make this an outstanding debut crime novel. - Review at Newtown Review of Books

Jennifer Nolan
I loved this book. It's the first in a new series featuring Caleb Zelic who's deaf and is a private investigator. I would have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone who likes crime/mystery/thriller books. ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In her debut novel, Emma Viskic has introduced us to a unique character in Caleb Zelic and placed in an an authentic Australian landscape. Caleb, profoundly deaf since childhood, manages well with lip reading and body language and doesn't like people to know he is deaf. He and his partner, ex cop Frankie run a small company investigating business security problems. When they are asked to look into a warehouse robbery he hires an old school friend and policeman, Gary to help out with interviews, ...more
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caleb Zelic has been deaf since he was a kid, he had an infection that left him deaf, this adds some interesting complexity to his chosen field of work, he is an investigator who is in business with a friend, and former police officer Frankie. His life has gone through massive change in the past year or so with the break down of his marriage to the beautiful and talented Kat and now he is more alone than he ever has been, and he would like us to believe he is happy about that.

The book opens with
Liz Barnsley
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Resurrection Bay was a banging read from the first chapter to the last chapter - featuring a main protagonist in Caleb that I fell immediately in love with, full of plenty of edge of the seat moments and a realistically edged mystery plot that was thoroughly engaging.

Caleb has a hearing problem that makes him view the world differently, as an anchor to the occasionally heart stopping plot he was brilliant - as were his relationships with those around him, especially his long suffering ex wife Ka
Jan 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dreadful.How this book won awards is beyond me.
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Resurrection Bay is the first novel in the Caleb Zelic series by Australian author, Emma Viskic. The audio version is narrated by Lewis Fitzgerald. Caleb Zelic and his partner, ex-cop Frankie Reynolds run Trust Works, a security and investigation business. Their latest case concerns thefts from a warehouse and Caleb has asked his best friend, Senior Constable Gary Marsden, to help out. So when he belatedly gets an urgent text from Gary saying he is being pursued by a “Scott”, Caleb rushes t
Carolyn Walsh
Knowing that this debut mystery won a number of literary prizes, praise from many readers, and was a success with critics, I was anxious to purchase it and excited to start reading. Unfortunately, I had difficulty connecting with the plot, its characters and pacing. I tried hard to immerse myself in the story but it was just not working for me. I am glad I stuck with the book until its end. I was thinking of a 2-star rating, but a major twist near its ending and a dangerous action-packed finale ...more
Linda Strong
Caleb Zelic and his partner ex-cop Frankie Reynolds own Trust Works, a security business. Sometimes they use Constable Gary Marsden for odds and ends of research that might need to be done. Caleb and Gary have been friends, more like brothers, since they were children.

When Caleb finds Gary murdered, he vows to hunt down his killer. Internal Affairs get called to investigate if Gary was mixed up in anything shady. They even take a long look at Caleb.

As he and Frankie investigate, more people are
Xavier Hugonet
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Resurrection Bay is an award winning Australian thriller by author Emma Viskic. It’s the first book in a series featuring P.I. Caleb Zelic.

Caleb Zelic works a small business with his partner, Frankie, a former police officer. He’s also almost completely deaf since he was five and was living in the small town of Resurrection Bay, near Melbourne. While meningitis took his hearing, he gained from it a keen sense of observation. Noticing and remembering minute details in his surroundings, and in peo
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Emma Viskic is author of the internationally acclaimed Caleb Zelic series. Her novels have won numerous prizes, including a Ned Kelly Award and an unprecedented five Davitt Awards. Her debut novel, Resurrection Bay, was shortlisted for the UK’s prestigious Gold Dagger and New Blood Dagger Awards. It was recently voted one of the decade’s best crime novels by Crime Time UK.

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