Author(s): Terry Probert
Kundela is the name given to the sacred pointing bone of Aboriginal legend. Catapulted into the story from the first page, the reader shares the lives of an Australian farming family dealing with endless drought. Set in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia, vivid action intertwines with mystery murder and romance. Your senses rise to the smell of eucalypt trees after rain, the terror of ants on attack, and the bold landscape colours. You feel a tinge of dust on your skin and these skills permeate this author's style. Joe's raid on the bikie camp, Aboriginal themes, and a midair heart attack add to the drama. Three bodies found on the roadside, their faces and hands blown away by shotgun blasts. Modern aboriginal women in ceremonial dress sit around a large flat stone in a manicured city park, a traditional singing circle. Dry bones shaped to make kundelas point to the effigy of a man. The steamy attraction of the policeman and Joe's daughter add romantic tension, while bush forensics of a senior policeman are a few of the subplots to keep the pages turning in a story that's hard to put down.