Blood Witness

Shortlisted: 2014 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel

“A gripping legal thriller, Blood Witness is original and tightly written."

2014 State Library of Victoria Summer Read

"a slick, fast-paced legal thriller set in Melbourne but with a genuine international flavour and with enough twists to surprise even the most avid fans of the genre"

– The West Australian


"There's romance and rumbling, knife fights, knuckle sandwiches and a cracking twist in the tale. VERDICT: FAST PACED AND GRIPPING"

– The Courier Mail

"the most compelling aspect of the book is the legal one with its debate about the relationship between the law and justice and its insider knowledge of details"

– The Adelaide Advertiser

"an entertaining and interesting thriller and a great start to a new Australian crime series with lots of potential"

— Book'd Out

"a clever multi-threaded plot"

— Newton Review of Books

"is as exciting as anything I’ve read in a long time. It says much for Hammond’s story-telling skills and augurs well for his future writing"

Devoted Eclectic

"a writer to watch"
— The Ballarat Courier

One man's search for justice and redemption plunges him into the violent world of Melbourne's underbelly.

Defence lawyer Will Harris is reluctantly drawn into a bizarre murder trial. A terminally ill man claims to have witnessed the brutal crime – in a vision.

But the looming trial is more than just a media circus: it's Will's first big case since the tragic death of his fiancée.

With pressure mounting, Will's loyalties are split when his fiancée's sister is charged with drug trafficking.

The strain of balancing both cases takes its toll and Will finds himself torn between following the law and seeking justice.


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Radio Coverage and Podcasts

7AD Devonport Radio review from local  bookseller Tim Gott

ABC Brisbane interview with May-Lou Stephens

3MDR interview with Ann Creber (At the 1:24:30 mark)

Radio 3CR Melbourne with David McLean

Justin Hamilton's Can You Take This Photo Please? podcast interview

Read a Q&A with Alex at Penguin Books.