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Robert Walker is recently retired after fifty-plus years of active work life, firstly in the international aviation industry and, more recently, in managing aged care homes. He is a graduate of the Writing School, covering such diverse subjects as novellas, poetry, short stories, radio, television, and stage plays. He has long held a passion for exploring and fossicking outback Australian mining areas. In particular, he has chased gold, opals, and gemstones. His travels following this passion have taken him to Lightning Ridge (home of the famous black opals) as well as to the Snowy Mountains region, Bathurst, Sofala, Gulgong, and Hill End, sites involved in the New South Wales gold rush of the mid to late 1800s.

This novel, his first, is the realisation of a dream to share some of his outback experiences, encapsulated in a murder-mystery.