Tall Man

Tall Man

The Death of Doomadgee

Book - 2009
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In 2004 on Palm Island, an Aboriginal settlement in the "Deep North" of Australia, a thirty-six-year-old man named Cameron Doomadgee was arrested for swearing at a white police officer. Forty minutes later he was dead in the jailhouse. The police claimed he'd tripped on a step, but his liver was ruptured. The main suspect was Senior Sergeant Christopher Hurley, a charismatic cop with long experience in Aboriginal communities and decorations for his work.

Chloe Hooper was asked to write about the case by the pro bono lawyer who represented Cameron Doomadgee's family. He told her it would take a couple of weeks. She spent three years following Hurley's trail to some of the wildest and most remote parts of Australia, exploring Aboriginal myths and history and the roots of brutal chaos in the Palm Island community. Her stunning account goes to the heart of a struggle for power, revenge, and justice. Told in luminous detail, Tall Man is as urgent as Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and The Executioner's Song. It is the story of two worlds clashing -- and a haunting moral puzzle that no reader will forget.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2009.
ISBN: 9781416561590
1416561595
Characteristics: x, 258 p. :,ill., map ;,22 cm.

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Jul 28, 2012

The book tells the story of the death in custody of an aboriginal man in northern Queensland from a reporter's perspective. It presents a harrowing picture of aboriginal life. This is a book everyone should read.

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