Edition: First printing.
New York: Ticknor & Fields, (1988). Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, loosely based on events in his own childhood. Set in 1942 in Billarooby, a remote community in the Australian Outback, this is the story of 11 year old Lindsay who encounters a Japanese soldier who had escaped from a nearby prisoner of war camp. "Empathy between the boy and the prisoners strengthens as he secretly visits the encampment and sees them brutally treated. Tensions in the community are exacerbated by a devastating drought and by incitements to riot when Jack and fellow racists make Billarooby a war zone." (PW) 321 pp. ISBN: 0-899197361.
Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.