Paper Cage

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Pub Date 15 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 22 Feb 2024

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**Shortlisted for Ngaio Marsh Awards 2023**
*Shortlisted for The Ned Kelly Awards 2023*

'Tom Baragwanath's provocative first novel is riveting and shocking' The Times

'[A] magnetic debut . . . breathtakingly compelling' Daily Mail

Masterton, New Zealand may be a small town, but its residents are certainly not united. Old resentments and the simmering tensions of race and culture divide the Maori and white inhabitants, with everyone keeping to their own patch of turf. But when local children start to go missing, vanishing between the cracks, accusations are hurled, and community relations reach boiling point.

Caught in the middle is Lorraine Henry. She works as a lowly records clerk at the police station amongst towering piles of paperwork, quietly making connections and remembering things that the cops would rather not. Solving cases is not part of her job, but when her great-nephew is the next to disappear, she must put her skills to the test as she is called in to help, all before time runs out for the children.

Both a nail-biting thriller and a beautifully written, acutely observed portrait of a community in crisis, Paper Cage is the award-winning debut from young New Zealand novelist Tom Baragwanath.

'An astonishing debut [with] a wonderfully flawed central character . . . Such a standout novel' James Oswald author of All That Lives

'This literary thriller heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in New Zealand storytelling' Fiona Sussman, author of The Doctor's Wife

'Tom Baragwanath has mastered the craft of literary crime' Age

**Shortlisted for Ngaio Marsh Awards 2023**
*Shortlisted for The Ned Kelly Awards 2023*

'Tom Baragwanath's provocative first novel is riveting and shocking' The Times

'[A] magnetic debut...

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A tense and atmospheric new Zealand crime thriller with a beautiful attention to detail that really brings the setting and the people alive.

Small town, missing children, criminal activity and a clever, rolling, absorbing plot that keeps you immersed throughout

I love that this is multi layered and so gorgeous to read. You really feel the emotion of it.


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