Caleb Zelic

Created by Emma Viskic

“Caleb Zelic can’t hear you but he sees everything.”
— now this is one great tagline

It’s been a while since we’ve had a good “defective detective,” but Australia’s Emma Viskic honours that legacy with trouble-prone CALEB ZELIC, a private eye who’s “profoundly” deaf. Fortunately, he can lipread like a motherfucker. Unfortunately, as we’re reminded, “missed words and misread lips can lead to confusion, and trouble.”

He and his partner Frankie Reynolds, an ex-cop and former drunk, run Trust Works, a small agency in Cal’s hometown of Resurrection Bay that does corporate security, fraud investigation, insurance jobs and “that sort of thing” as Cal puts it.

The first novel in the series, 2017’s Resurrection Bay, won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, scooped up an unprecedented three Davitt Awards, and was iBooks Australia’s Crime Novel of 2015, and its follow-up, And Fire Came Down, may be even better. It finds Caleb relocated to Melbourne– he’s now working out of a tiny office in his home. But don’t worry — he’s still a Class A shit magnet.

Emma, who studied Australian sign language (Auslan) before starting the series, is also a classical clarinettist. She lives in Melbourne and divides her time between writing, performing, and teaching.


  •  “Emma Viskic is a terrific, gutsy writer with great insight into the murkiness of both criminal and heroic motivations.”
    — Emily Maguire



Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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