Greenlight by Benjamin Stevenson

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1. First lines 2. Publisher: Penguin 3. Vineyard in the Hunter Valley
Murder … in the vineyard … with an axe.

Quotes from the book:
  • “A lie becomes a truth when you’re the only one who knows it’s a lie, and you’re the only one telling it.”
  • “Andrew was in his sixties and country-skinny, which meant he was thin but tightly wrapped in sinew, a skeleton wound in rope and dipped in skin.”
Plot summary: Jack Quick produces a true-crime documentary four years after a backpacker is found murdered in a Hunter Valley vineyard.  He uses his documentary to sway public opinion, resulting in the convicted alleged murderer being freed from jail. His doubts after the fact lead him to do his own investigations to find out the truth.
Extract online
Reviews: “The mystery is well handled and while keen crime buffs will probably guess some of the twists this is because Stevenson plays fair with his readers and keeps much of the solution of the various mysteries in plain sight. He skilfully manages the red herrings and action scenes to keep readers off the scent.” Full review: Australian Crime Fiction
 

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