Resurrection Bay (Caleb Zelic, #1) by Emma Viskic

Resurrection Bay (Caleb Zelic, #1)

Caleb Zelic, profoundly deaf since early childhood, has always lived on the outside - watching, picking up telltale signs people hide in a smile, a cough, a kiss. When a childhood friend is murdered, a sense of guilt and a determination to prove his own innocence sends Caleb on a hunt for the killer. But he can’t do it alone. Caleb and his troubled friend Frankie, an ex-cop, start with one clue: Scott, the last word the murder victim texted to ...

Details Resurrection Bay (Caleb Zelic, #1)

TitleResurrection Bay (Caleb Zelic, #1)
Release DateSep 1st, 2015
PublisherEcho Publishing
GenreMystery, Crime, Cultural, Australia, Fiction

Reviews Resurrection Bay (Caleb Zelic, #1)

  • Maureen
    * Thank you to for a paper copy of Resurrection Bay for which I have given an honest review*After reading this excellent debut novel, I assert that Australian author Emma Viskic is certainly a name to watch out for in the crime genre. Caleb Zelic hasn't found life easy; profoundly deaf since he was a young boy he's had to work exceptionally hard just to fit in. Our protagonist uses lip reading, examination of facial expressions...
  • Tucker
    The best debut I’ve read this year! “Resurrection Bay” won numerous awards in Australia and it’s publication in the US is cause for celebration among crime fiction lovers. Viskic has created a new breed of investigator with Caleb Zelic. Caleb is severely hearing impaired and relies on sign language with friends and lip reading with everyone else. His hearing impairment has trained him to be very visually focused - this allows him to read ...
  • Phrynne
    What an excellent debut novel. No wonder the author won prizes for this. Caleb Zelic works as a kind of private investigator which is not unusual in a crime story. What is unusual is that he is deaf and has been so since he contracted meningitis as a child. A deaf main character - wow! Emma Viskic does an excellent job of showing the effect this handicap has on Caleb's day to day life, his responses to others and their attitudes towards him. All ...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    4★“ ‘Constable Marsden wasn’t killed by some dodgy warehouse manager, Mr Zelic. He was executed.' Executed – that’s a word you don’t hear thrown around the outer suburbs too often. A happy-looking word: a little smile for the first syllable, a soft pucker for the third.”I had to try it. Perfect. Smile, pucker. Later there was this:“Her mouth formed such perfect shapes: gently catching the Fs against her lower lip, kissing the Ws...
  • Mark
    Resurrection Bay by Melbourne based author Emma Viskic is easily a 5 star rating from me.The crime plot is not intense but it was fun to have it play out in my hometown (although nowhere near where I actually live). Emma has written a page-turner with several surprising twists at the end of the book. In fact, without spoilers, the two main characters don't end the way you may predict all of the way through.Perhaps the biggest pleasure was the imp...
  • Sue
    I’m developing a definite liking for Australian lit. This book in particular has an edgy, noir-ish feel that worked well for me. Having a detective who is essentially deaf and uses powerful hearing aids and carefully learned skills of reading body language and situations as well as lips makes for a different type of mystery. Caleb Zelic has tried to surround himself with people who can help and complement him in life and work, but it doesn’t ...
  • Brenda
    Caleb Zelic’s race against time had been a waste of time from the start – he was too late. Gary was dead and nothing was going to bring him back. Senior Constable Gary Marsden had been Caleb’s best friend since childhood and a better man he couldn’t have found. But when Detective Tedesco showed signs of suspecting Caleb of Gary’s death, Caleb was shattered. Caleb was profoundly deaf and his senses picked up different and varying signs f...
  • Michael
    This is the first book featuring deaf detective Caleb Zelic. I am glad I finally got to read this as it does fill in nicely as to why even allowing for an undiagnosed PTSD, he appears to constantly have a death wish with his behavior that ranges from bewildering to complete craziness. The story begins with Caleb who with his partner Frankie run a security investigation business getting a message on his phone from his police mate Gary Marsden sayi...
  • Fran
    Caleb Zelic was not your typical detective. Profoundly deaf since age five, he navigated the world by lip reading, watching facial expressions and viewing body language. His hearing aids enabled him to discern distant sounds and the occasional warning horn. Caleb and partner Frankie Reynolds owned Trust Works, a company that did corporate security fraud investigation. Frankie was a crusty, potty-mouthed ex-cop in her 50's. She was a recovering al...
  • Laura/Mystery in Minutes
    Visit to read the complete Mystery in Minutes review.Confident and razor-sharp in its authenticity, Resurrection Bay is an extremely impressive debut that has won numerous awards. Talented Australian author Emma Viskic has crafted a pacy procedural that demands for readers to take notice. What sets this contemporary private eye novel uniquely apart is the portrayal of its central character, who, at around ...
  • Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling
    A great new voice in crime fiction!My View:I finished reading this book about a week ago – and here I am still trying to find the words to adequately describe my reaction,(positive, 5 stars) to this book. It was a great read, a fantastic debut, Emma Viskic is a great new voice in Australian crime fiction. It is an inclusive and diverse voice; the language deftly written laced with laconic dry humour (Caleb has a typical Australian self-deprecat...
  • Bianca
    Resurrection Bay is Emma Viskic's debut novel.I'm glad I finally got around to reading it, as it was utterly gripping. I loved Caleb Zelic's character, with his anxieties and struggles. The writing appealed to me a great deal. I never suspected who were the baddies, not that it's the main draw card for me to enjoy this genre, I'm more interested in character development and the writing.This novel had the right pace, the right amount of pages, the...
  • Marianne
    Resurrection Bay is the first novel by Australian author, Emma Viskic. Caleb Zelic and his partner, ex-cop Frankie Reynolds run Trust Works, a security and investigation business. Their latest case concerns thefts from a warehouse and Caleb has asked his best friend, Senior Constable Gary Marsden, to help out. So when he belatedly gets an urgent text from Gary saying he is being pursued by a “Scott”, Caleb rushes to his aid. Too late. He is t...
  • Wendy
    Resurrection Bay is Aussie author Emma Viskic's debut crime novel and the 1st book in her Caleb Zelic series.A clever page turner enhanced by a deaf protagonist. Caleb is a fascinating character who investigates the death of a close friend. However, difficulties present themselves when his hearing aids are not working properly and he is quickly surrounded by danger.An enthralling, intense read and I look forward to the next book in this series.Th...
  • Karen
    A deftly handled plot, strong characters and a sly, dry humour make this an outstanding debut crime novel. - Review at Newtown Review of Books
  • Michelle_Mck
    Caleb Zelic has been deaf since he was a kid, he had an infection that left him deaf, this adds some interesting complexity to his chosen field of work, he is an investigator who is in business with a friend, and former police officer Frankie. His life has gone through massive change in the past year or so with the break down of his marriage to the beautiful and talented Kat and now he is more alone than he ever has been, and he would like us to ...
  • Linda Strong
    Caleb Zelic and his partner ex-cop Frankie Reynolds own Trust Works, a security business. Sometimes they use Constable Gary Marsden for odds and ends of research that might need to be done. Caleb and Gary have been friends, more like brothers, since they were children.When Caleb finds Gary murdered, he vows to hunt down his killer. Internal Affairs get called to investigate if Gary was mixed up in anything shady. They even take a long look at Cal...
  • Carolyn
    In her debut novel, Emma Viskic has introduced us to a unique character in Caleb Zelic and placed in an an authentic Australian landscape. Caleb, profoundly deaf since childhood, manages well with lip reading and body language and doesn't like people to know he is deaf. He and his partner, ex cop Frankie run a small company investigating business security problems. When they are asked to look into a warehouse robbery he hires an old school friend...
  • Nat K
    Wow. What a ride.This is an amazing effort for a debut writer. I'm stunned. The story moved along at a great pace, the characters were believable, and I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next.I didn't see the twist in the story, and had no inkling of how it would unfold. From my perspective, that's a bonus. It's always nice to be pleasantly (or unpleasantly) surprised by what happens in a book that you're engrossed with.The lac...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Resurrection Bay was a banging read from the first chapter to the last chapter - featuring a main protagonist in Caleb that I fell immediately in love with, full of plenty of edge of the seat moments and a realistically edged mystery plot that was thoroughly engaging.Caleb has a hearing problem that makes him view the world differently, as an anchor to the occasionally heart stopping plot he was brilliant - as were his relationships with those ar...
  • Jenny
    Resurrection Bay is book one of the Caleb Zelic series by Emma Viskic. One day Caleb Zelic found his childhood friend Gary dead and began the prime suspect. To prove his incident, Caleb Zelic started to investigate the death of his friend. However, Caleb Zelic did not realise that the investigation would change his life and his belief in people around him. The readers of Resurrection Bay will follow Caleb Zelic investigation into his friend's dea...
  • Nadia King
    I don’t read crime fiction. It’s just not my thing. I watch plenty of Nordic noir on the telly and once in a blue moon, I’ll reach for Agatha Christie but contemporary crime fiction? Never. Not until I picked up Viskic’s Resurrection Bay. I’d been following Viskic on Twitter for a few weeks and her tweets about losing hotels and throwing her belongings down the loo had me in stitches. So when I spotted her book in a small independent bo...
  • Craig Sisterson
    This is a highly original Australian crime debut that thoroughly deserved the acclaim and awards it racked up last year. On one weekend Viskic found herself accepting four awards - three Davitts (Best Debut, Best Novel, Readers Choice), along with the Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut. RESURRECTION BAY had also won iBook Australia's Crime Novel of the Year for 2015. That's quite a pedigree. But it raises a question: is RESURRECTION BAY a great find ...
  • Christine
    From the moment I heard about Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic, I was highly intrigued. This is a gritty Australian crime thriller, featuring a profoundly deaf protagonist. See what I mean! I was hooked.The story takes us into the world of Caleb Zelic. Caleb is the most fascinating character, I have encountered in some time. I was completely bewitched by him. He became deaf as a child. He is now in his thirties. He lip reads and uses a hearing aid...
  • Noelle
    Wow! What a debut novel! I knew this was going to be a great book when I saw the review request in my Inbox – and I wasn’t wrong!Set in Melbourne and Resurrection Bay, Australia the reader is faced with corruption, conspiracy, betrayal, fear, regret, insecurity, disability, loyalty and broken trust.What a fantastically gripping start to this story! Descriptive and graphic – it immediately got my attention – #killerhook! I found this to be...
  • Raven
    As an ardent fan of Pushkin Press‘ publishing output, and their bijou Vertigo collection of European crime in translation, I was more than a little curious to read the latest addition to the series. But what’s this? Not European, but Australian, and the Raven’s curiosity went into overdrive…Okay, so before I start generally gushing about Resurrection Bay, I will set my stall out early, and say that I would be very surprised if this one do...
  • Nathan Woolford
    Emma Viskic's Resurrection Bay is the best book I have read this year, and for some time. I read Peter Temple's The Broken Shore not long before, a wonderful book. I worried it would make Resurrection Bay pale in comparison, my fear was misplaced.Viskic captures Australian voices so well, especially the Aboriginal ones: one of the few issues I had with Temple's The Broken Shore. I don't think it is worth comparing the two books more than that, ex...
  • Janet Newport
    Thank you Netgalley for this ARC.I had read the 2nd book in this series -- And Fire Came Down, before this one and immediately started looking for this one (not available in the US at the time). I was thrilled when Netgalley granted my request for Resurrection Bay ahead of it's US publication date. Resurrection Bay provided a little more of Caleb's backstory and his relationships with his brother Ant, ex-wife Kat as well as with Frankie, his busi...
  • Narrelle
    I love a good yarn set in my hometown. I love books that are deft and go at a cracking pace and offer twists that are seem so natural just moments after you've gone WTF? I love books that reflect diverse characters with great depth and texture. I love books that portray experiences outside my own. I love books that finish with a sense of satisfaction and yet as though the characters and their lives will go on after I've put the book down.It's har...
  • Stephanie
    One of the reasons I love Australia is because the people are so refreshing, open and honest. And their fiction is exactly the same. Resurrection Bay had been on my kindle about eighteen months when I became aware that it was due to be released in paperback, ready for book two following in hardback. After reading this book, that release can’t come quickly enough.It takes place in Melbourne, somewhere I am familiar with so I enjoyed revisiting a...