Fiction featuring Care experience

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Bitter Wash Road

Garry Disher

2013

Bitter Wash Road is the first of 3 books featuring Paul Hirschausen, a detective who has been demoted and relocated to a small country town as punishment for testifying against corrupt colleagues. In this book, Hirschausen uncovers a story of powerful men sexually abusing teenagers, including girls in the care of the South Australian state. The second in the series, Peace (2019), includes a young woman from Bitter Wash Road as part of the recurring cast of characters. Gemma was in foster care for a while but she now works languidly in the local store yet is brilliant in a crisis. The 3rd of the series, Consolation, also includes a child protection story, this one about a girl being locked in a caravan by her stepmother.