Edward Everett Root Publishers Co. Ltd.


About this book


This strikingly original crime novel opens our eyes to fascinating villainy and mystery on the other side of the world.

It also introduces a classic new investigator, Detective Inspector Frank Heineken, himself a mysterious figure who is also known as 'Pufferfish'.

 Prickly, curmudgeonly, brilliant even if irony-charged, he probes gangland violence, outlawed motorcycle gangs, and other dangerous relationships in the paradise island of Tasmania. As he does so he has to make deadly choices.

 David Owen's novel is like no other crime tale, and 'Pufferish' is a true original.

About the author

David Owen is a Hobart-based writer of non-fiction and of literary novels featuring the acclaimed 'Pufferfish' detective series set in Tasmania.

He was director of Quintus Publishers at the University of Tasmania and until recently he was the Official Secretary in the Office of the Governor of Tasmania.


'A gripping an entertaining crime novel set among iconic Tasmanian landscapes. The colourful characters, both police and villains, make it a compelling read, while it is an engaging and plausible insight into criminal investigation and forensic procedure....The combination of characters and the intriguing storyline, moving between unique Tasmanian cities and towns, seascapes and landscapes, make this novel truly enthralling'. - Brian Edmonds, Inspector, Tasmania Police.

 'The snappiest Australian crime writer for a decade.' - The Courier-Mail.

 'One of the most intriguing characters in Australian crime fiction.' - Stuart Coupe.


Available October 2024

ISBN 9781915115478  HB £19.99  Order
ISBN 9781915115485  PB  £ 9.99   Order
216 x 140mm.  162 pp

No Weather for a Burial 

A Novel

David Owen