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Snr. Sgt. Chris Hurley was acquitted of manslaughter

Restraint is a quality seldom lauded except in its absence. Several of the protagonists in Chloe Hooper's compelling second book clearly lack it. The author, by contrast, has it in spades. Hooper's account of the real-life events surrounding the death in custody of an Aboriginal man nearly four years ago is the more powerful for her not making explicit all of her conclusions about the case. Without these in the way, the reader's own feelings have room to grow. Anger and sadness coalesce into something like despair: in 21st century Australia, how could this story have played out as...

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