McCullock's Gold

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McCullock’s gold is an Australian murder mystery set on the northern edge of the Simpson Desert. There’s an abandoned 4x4, its missing driver, some missing gold, some bad guys and some bodies - plus a smart-arse Aboriginal mechanic who helps the local bush copper solve it all, while at the same time trying not to divulge any of the sensitive cultural information lying at the heart of the affair. More
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About Lindsay Johannsen

There's not a lot to tell really, though on reflection, looking back on it through the lens of one’s recollections and memories, the whole business seems more akin to an extended Huckleberry Finn adventure, but set in the vastness of Central Australia.

Born, raised and schooled in Alice Springs; taken from the leafy glades of learning mid-way through Year-eight to work at my father's remote little copper mine; later employed for some years driving his cattle-hauling road trains – him having pioneered road trains and the cattle hauling business (see "Kurt Johannsen: A Son of the Red Centre").
Married in the fullness of time; built a bush homestead on the northern edge of the Simpson Desert and raised a family there, all while running a small tungsten mining business and provisioning the hundred or so Aboriginal people local to the area who adopted us.
Sold our mine and homestead a few years after the kids had flown the coop, acquired a forty foot (12m) touring coach, converted it into a big steel-wheel mobeel Palaise-de-passion motor home and took to the roads of this great land of Oz - in the main visiting our offspring (most of whom had moved to coastal regions), our grandchildren generally and a couple of great grandies, plus various friends and associates from years gone by.

So these days all I have to do is keep the missus happy – my Bride my Precious Lamb and Flower of the Early Mid Morning.
'Anywhere you wish, my darling,' I tell her. 'You just say the word and we'll be on our way.'
So it's free as the breeze, we are now, out and about having wild and exciting adventures and being amazingly cool generally.

Best job I ever had.

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JaneofArch reviewed on on July 19, 2017

A very nicely written (albeit wordy) piece of mystery fiction from the land of upside-down. Well worth reading for the patient wwannabe sleuth and explorer of desert-scapes.
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James Jenkins reviewed on on Feb. 12, 2015

I read 6% before stopping, there is a long third person narrative, some interesting plot lines are discussed but only in passing. Not sure if it gets better, but could not see any reason to keep on. Reading this was kind of like eating uncooked oatmeal, you know there is some potential, but this is not the way to serve it.
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Bill Lussier reviewed on on Jan. 19, 2015

I met Lindsey, the author of 'McCullock's Gold', this past Christmas in the caravan park at Maslins Beach, South Australia. After a short chat, mostly about his bus and dog, he asked me if I would like a copy of his book which I gratefully accepted mostly so as not to insult his dog.

A week or so later, after having exhausted all our newspapers, I decided to give it a try. Within just a few pages I was hooked. Lindsey's in-depth knowledge of all aspects of desert Australia including the history, geology, mining, Aboriginal culture and those strange characters that populate the bush has allowed him to create an exciting mystery-crime story that is populated by some of the most hilarious and realistic characters you are likely to meet. From the time I started reading, I could barely put the book down. I highly recommend this book, it is an excellent and very entertaining read.

Well done Lindsey for creating such an excellent Australian story that could not have happened anywhere else.
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Timbozo reviewed on on Aug. 3, 2014

Just finished my brother-inlaw Lindsay Johannsen's excellent book, McCullock's Gold, and almost enjoyed the personal detail at the end just as much ... virtually another short story in itself.

Now, while freely admitting that the book didn't so much turn out to be the great mystery story I was expecting, rather than the great murder adventure it is, with a dash of mystery, it was still never-the-less a great read of great merit, and certainly highly entertaining, especially the last two thirds of the story. In fact, I reckon the story would make an excellent Aussie flavored movie, if not the start of a great TV series. I love the characters in the book, especially the aboriginal (superb tracker ... only outdone by his wife Angelica) hero Jack Cadney and his white Copper mate Frazier. The humor within, was also very titillating. And what a car chase. I've seen and read a few of those in my time, and this one loses nothing in the telling or comparison. The story has a very satisfying ending, but of what kind, I don't feel at liberty to say, me not being one for spoilers, and I've no doubt already said too much. Do yourself a favor and read it, that's all I can say.

The story has a great Outback Aussie Bush flavor to it, and I'd certainly like to read more in it's vein, by the same very talented author.

Further to the above, I can only say it is very apparent that Lindsay has intimate knowledge of the Aussie Bush and it's long term indigenous inhabitants, as well as familiarity with Aussies of many kinds. As well as a very entertaining read, it is an interesting one, and you come away feeling all the richer for the experience he has given you.
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Peter Nicholas Farrell reviewed on on April 24, 2014

Excellent novel. The characters are well written and drag you into their story.
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