Conspiracy 365


On New Year's Eve Cal is chased down the street by a staggering, sick man with a deadly warning . . .

"They killed your father. They'll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days!"

Hurled into a life on the run, with a price on his head, the 15-year-old fugitive is isolated and alone.

Hunted by the law and ruthless criminals, Cal must somehow uncover the truth about his father's mysterious death and a history-changing secret. Who can he turn to, who can he trust, when the whole world seems to want him dead?

The clock is ticking. Any second could be his last.

Callum Ormond has been warned.
He has 365 days.
The countdown has begun . . .


Winner of the prestigious Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel 2002

Joint Winner of the Davitt Award for crime fiction 2003

Her story

Gabrielle Lord worked in many different areas. Including sales, teaching, brick-cleaning, peach-picking and packing, and in the Public Service as an employment officer. She then started writing seriously at age 30.

Her first two manuscripts ended up composting the tomatoes at her market garden – another attempt to make a living - but the third one FORTRESS was picked up internationally and made into a feature film starring Rachel Ward. A later novel WHIPPING BOY was made into a telemovie starring Sigrid Thornton. The film rights money, coinciding with her daughter leaving school, allowed Gabrielle to resign and instead of getting up at 4.30am and writing for several hours before heading off for work, she could write full-time and lead a more 'normal' writer's life – hanging around with scientists and detectives, badgering forensic anthropologists (she studied some Anatomy at Sydney university) and doing work experience with a busy private security business and of course, writing.

Research is everything, she says. 'Out of my contacts with experts (who are always far too modest to describe themselves that way) I get not only the fine-tuning necessary for today's savvy readers, but also wonderful incidents and images that enrich and enlarge my books.'

Gabrielle's interests are very simple. 'I enjoy walking, meditation, singing, gardening, chatting with close friends, being with my family and grandkids, feeding my goldfish and keeping up to date with bodywork and enlightened psychotherapy.'

Gabrielle has now written fourteen adult novels and a novel for young adults. Once the 12 books of Conspiracy 365 are completed, this tally will be a tad bigger! Following this mammoth endeavour she already has plans for another three adult novels and two more YAs.


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Conspiracy 365
Conspiracy 365 text copyright © Gabrielle Lord, 2009.
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