Four women are dead, each strangled with an orange cord, their bodies ritually arranged. Carol and Detective Sergeant Mark Bourke know that this killer, like all serial killers, will be exceedingly difficult to track down.
The Australian press has sensationalized the murders, especially the fact that one of the victims was a lesbian. Madeline Shipley, star of The Shipley Report, claims that she has been contacted by "The Orange Strangler."
Adding to the pressures on Carol is her relationship with Sybil Quade, who has grown increasingly restive with the secrecy of their relationship: "If someone asks the question, Carol, I want to answer it." And Carol is learning uncomfortable truths about herself from the successful, confident Madeline Shipley.
Carol accumulates evidence, putting together clues in her relentless search for the Orange Strangler. And all the while, the killer is drawing closer to her than she dreams...
Original title: Death Down Under
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ General