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Meet Keith Murphy, Australia’s only hit man dedicated to taking out dangerous and magical targets.

When Keith Murphy left the Gold Coast, he swore he’d never return. He wanted to leave behind the daily violence of working muscle for the local demons and prevent his girlfriend from getting sucked into the secret, supernatural underworld where Keith plied his trade. Better to use his skills as a hit man to the supernatural world, taking out the things that go bump in the night alongside his partner Danny Roark.

But sixteen years spent killing monsters, warlocks, and wizards is a hard way to atone for your past. Especially when you don’t have any magic of your own.

A botched job in the Adelaide hills threatens to end Keith’s long exile. He’s on the run with a necromancer’s soul trapped in the bullet, a death curse on his heels, and an apocalyptic cult baying for his blood. They’ve got dark magic, a lot of money, and fervid desire to resurrect their leader. Keith’s got his guns, a missing partner-in-crime, and one place with a safe-house strong enough to ward his location from the cult’s scrying.

Pity it’s the last place in the world he wants to go.

Especially now the demonic ex-boss he abandoned is running the whole damn city.

From Aurealis Award-Winner Peter M. Ball, Exile is the first book in the Gold Coast Ragnarök trilogy. If you love hardboiled action, dark magic, and a beleaguered anti-hero fighting against overwhelming odds, you’re going to love Keith Murphy.


File This Book Under: Hardboiled Urban Fantasy, Supernatural Criminals and Secret Worlds, Reckoning With the Past, Fighting Against the Odds, Alliances and Betrayals, Noir and Dark Magic, You Can't Go Home Again.

Read it if you loved Chuck Wendig’s The Blue Blazes, thought Jim Butcher’s Storm Front needed more guns, wondered if Lee Child’s Jack Reacher would make a great monster hunter, or always wanted the action of John Wick blended with the occult world of John Constantine.


All the grit and growl of the golden age detectives let loose upon the monsters and magics that keep us fascinated (and occasionally afraid) as we curl up on the couch at night. Ball is masterful in his use of tension, with a knack for keeping readers glued to the screen or page. His ability to showcase emotional connections and complications without devolving into self-pitying monologues or poetic meanderings give the stories an action movie vibe that adds tension and focus to the stories.” Kylie Thompson, HushHushBiz

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April 21, 2023
This title was added to our catalog on April 26, 2022.
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