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The Strip

Iain Ryan

You can’t hide in the shadows in a city of neon lights.

When a local doctor is brutally murdered, Detective Constable Lana Cohen joins Strike Force Diablo on the notorious Gold Coast, where she finds herself navigating a world of chaos and corruption.

As she delves deeper into the case, Lana reluctantly pairs up with Henry Loch, a detective with a tarnished reputation who sees an opportunity to redeem himself amidst the mayhem.

But as Lana and Henry unravel the threads of violence and deceit, they uncover a dark side to the Gold Coast that shocks them to the core. With six unsolved murders already haunting them, will they be able to untangle the web of lies before it's too late?

Based on real-life events The Strip is a gripping crime thriller that paints a vivid portrait of a time and place where corruption and ambition reign supreme.

About the Author

Iain Ryan grew up in the outer suburbs of Brisbane, Australia. He has published three previous crime novels, and his work has been previously published by Akashic Books OnlineCrime FactoryKill Your Darlings and Seizure. He has been shortlisted twice for a Ned Kelly Award for his novels Four Days and The Student. He lives in Melbourne.


 ‘This is as hard-boiled as Australian crime fiction gets, and it's very good.’ – Sydney Morning Herald


‘a cracking crime thriller’ –The Australian

'tense and compelling' – Garry Disher, author of Bitter Wash Road and Consolation

'The Strip is an eye-popping, nightmarish miasma that sets a new bar for Australian crime. A total triumph in every respect.' – Chris Flynn, author of Mammoth and Here Be Leviathans

'Fast paced, gritty, sharply observed noir that goes hard into the sleaze and corruption of the moonlight state.' – Andrew Nette, author of Orphan Road and Gunshine State

'an exciting new voice in Australian crime fiction' – Adrian McKinty, author of The Chain and The Island

The Strip is bingeworthy reading - a gritty crime thriller reeking of corruption, murder and sex. If you like your heroines flawed and kick-ass and your cops dirty as hell, you’ll love Iain Ryan’s gripping foray into the underworld of the Gold Coast. Hardly took a breath from first page to last.' – Kate Mildenhall, author of The Mother Fault and The Hummingbird Effect

‘Page-turning from the start, this book ratchets up the tension tenfold as the pieces fall into place and the novel reaches its thrilling pinnacle.’ – Books + Publishing

‘The real-life history of vice and corruption on the Gold Coast in the 1970s and 80s has inspired this pacy, tense work of crime fiction’ - The West Australian




Pub Date
January 2024




Police corruption. 80s nostalgia.