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The debut novel by Pete Mitchell



Arriving in Darwin to accept a job offer from his old school friend Roland Redman, Paul Winter discovers that his friend has disappeared. At the same time, a sea container left on the docks in Australia’s searing Top End heat reveals a shocking crime of international significance.


Sergeant Bill Yates from the Northern Territory Police Force races the clock to ensure justice is delivered. His focus turns to Kamahli, a beautiful refugee from Sri Lanka’s long and brutal civil war. Does she hold the key to Roland’s disappearance and the solution to the crimes?


In Darwin’s Wake, lives and cultures collide and only the toughest will survive.


Darwin’s Wake is the fictional debut of Australian author Pete Mitchell.

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Sumudu Narayana, Beta-reader and Editor

“Darwin’s Wake is a well-written and thought-provoking contemporary novel that examines some complex social issues in the context of a mystery. A joy to read."

Pete Mitchell

Pete Mitchell lives, as a guest of the Wadjuck Noongar people, in Boorloo (Perth).


After publishing one non-fiction work and more than 50 scientific papers Darwin’s Wake is his first work of fiction. With a background in science and tertiary qualifications in chemistry and business, his previous studies have provided him with a unique perspective on the environment in which he finds himself.


Previous jobs have included roles in customer service, chicken farming, and door-to-door sales from which he has drawn experiences and inspiration for the unique character descriptions within his works.


A love of travel, a keen sense of social justice and an eye for the intricacies of human behaviour are demonstrated in his works.

Pete is a member of Writers Victoria and is expecting to have his first short story published in Azuria in 2023.

When he is not writing Pete enjoys getting out in the beautiful Australian bush, travelling and reading (as all writers should).

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