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  • FICTION
  • ISBN 9781925384277
  • ISBN ePUB: 9781925384291
  • Published: 1 NOVEMBER 2017
  • AU Price: $29.99
The Last Long Drop

By Mike Safe

A rollicking novel of surf and celebrity, The Last Long Drop is a wild ride through the volatile world of killer waves and tabloid sensations, where any mess-up may be your last.

When Johno Harcourt is shown the door at his high-profile newspaper job, he finds himself on the wrong side of fifty, pondering what to do with the rest of his life.

While his go-getting wife and over-achieving children are otherwise occupied, he whiles away summer days surfing and playing funky music with his odd-bod gang of mates – that is, until he lands the prize job of ghostwriting the autobiography of Australia’s veteran movie megastar, Mike Vargas.

Charismatic, confident and still a mad keen surfer, Vargas wins over Harcourt as they spend hours catching waves and drinking together while the screen legend tells of his ever-eventful life.

But as Harcourt digs deeper, secrets from Vargas’s distant past suddenly emerge, forcing him to realise there’s a darker side to the star he thought he knew, but doesn’t.

PRAISE FOR THE LAST LONG DROP

‘A veteran of surfing’s impact zones and city newsrooms, Mike Safe cleverly segues between these volatile worlds, flicking satirical spray over both as he builds his intricate plot.’
PHIL JARRATT, author of Life of Brine

‘A rollicking surf novel, stuffed with haired-out stories and bittersweet titillation.’
DEREK RIELLY, co-founder of BeachGrit.com

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