About the Book

A gripping and timely novel set in the world of illegal fishing in some of the most dangerous waters in the world - the Southern Ocean - from a talented new writer

Amid the storms and icebergs of the far Southern Ocean, a deadly chase is underway. the Uruguayan-flagged Pescador has been spotted fishing illegally for Patagonian toothfish in the waters off Heard Island. the crew of an Australian patrol vessel, the Australis, has been given instructions to pursue the Pescador and not let her out of its sight. Equally determined, Carlos, the Pescador's master, sets an escape course south, directly into a storm. But the Australian boat in hot pursuit is not the only source of anxiety among the crew of the Pescador. Each has his own secrets and ambitions. As the drama unfolds at sea, so too do the stories of the human lives caught in its nets. For the men on board the boats, and the women they've left behind on shore, there is much at stake. In this gripping debut novel, Katherine Johnson evokes the danger and heartbreak of lives at the mercy of the sea, and weaves a breathtaking story of love, loss and hope.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780732288266
  • ISBN 10: 0732288266
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - AU
  • On Sale: 01/01/2009
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price: 30.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / General


Katherine Johnson was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1971. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and holds an honours degree in marine science. Katherine now lives in Tasmania where she works as a science journalist and lives on a clifftop at the edge of the bush with her husband and two children. Her non-fiction articles have been published internationally. Pescador’s Wake, which won a HarperCollins Varuna award for Manuscript Development in 2007, is her first novel.

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