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‘Straight out of the gate, this book sets an unforgettable tone of unsettling discomfort that only grows more sinister as the central web of lies is pulled away. Author Chris Nyst showcases an incredible gift for not just devising a complex and nuanced mystery but also for the gorgeous prose used to realize that mystery page after page.’ ~ K.C. Finn



In the isolated outback town of Millengarra, a young man is found bashed to death.


When his house-mate – an out-of-work drover – is charged with murder, the investigation goes to hardened Brisbane detective Dave Hocking, a career cop facing corruption charges that threaten his job, his liberty, and his very identity.


In Millen, he finds a damaged community, held together by a fragile web of deceit. Struggling for redemption, the veteran detective uncovers a town’s shame, and his own, as lies are exposed, and dark secrets unearthed.



Award-winning novelist and screenwriter Chris Nyst returns with a powerful tale of treachery and deception in the Australian outback.



Chris Nyst was born in Blackall, Western Queensland, and raised in Brisbane, where he obtained a Law degree from the University of Queensland, before commencing practice as a solicitor on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

As a lawyer, he has been involved in some of Australia’s most high profile and sensational court cases, and is recognised as one of Australia’s most experienced criminal defence advocates. He turned his hand to fiction writing in 1999, producing a series of best-selling legal thrillers.

His first two novels, “Cop This” and “Gone”, received excellent reviews, and his third, “Crook as Rookwood”, won the coveted Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction. In 2003, Chris wrote and co-produced the highly acclaimed Australian film “Gettin’ Square”, which was nominated for a record number of Australian film industry awards, and won him the 2003 Lexus IF Award for Best Screenplay.

Nyst’s 2008 film “Crooked Business,” which he wrote and directed, was voted Best International Film at the 2009 New York Independent Film Festival.

Nyst writes murder mystery thriller books. ‘Millen’ is his latest novel.

The father of four adult children, Chris lives with his wife, Julie, on the Gold Coast, where he conducts his legal practice.