Fiction - Thriller - Conspiracy
416 Pages
Reviewed on 07/24/2022
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Author Biography

In 1977 Chris was admitted as a solicitor, and he has since become recognised as one of Australia’s leading and most experienced criminal defence lawyers.
He is an adjunct professor of law with the Griffith University. He has been a visiting speaker in Criminal Law, Advocacy and Entertainment Law at the Queensland University of Technology and Bond University, and was a co-founder of the Griffith University Innocence Project.
In 2001, Chris became the founding principal of the boutique litigation firm , now named Nyst Legal.
In 1999, Chris wrote his first novel Cop This! His second novel Gone was short-listed for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and his third novel Crook as Rookwood won the 2006 Ned Kelly Award, Australia’s leading accolade for crime fiction.
He launched his career in film with the acclaimed Australian movie Gettin’ Square, starring David Wenham and Sam Worthington, which he wrote and co-produced. The film won Chris the 2003 Lexus IF Award for Best Script and won David Wenham the Best Actor award at the AFI Awards, the Critic’s Circle Awards, the Lexus IF Awards and the Australian Comedy Awards.
In 2006, Chris established his own production company, which produced the 2007 feature film Crooked Business. He wrote and directed the film, which was released in 2008. In 2009 Nyst was appointed as a Director to the Board of Screen Queensland.
Chris was born to parents Edmond and Teresa, he has two older brothers. He is married to Julie and has four children, two daughters and two sons.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Millen is a work of fiction in the thriller subgenre. It is aimed at mature readers and was penned by author Chris Nyst. In the aftermath of a violent murder in the remote town of Millengarra, veteran Brisbane detective Dave Hocking is sent to lead the investigation. Hocking is already fighting off corruption charges that could end his career and put him in prison, but now he must navigate a damaged community filled with lies. As his investigation peels back the layers of deceit between himself and the truth, Hocking hopes that any success in Millengarra will earn him redemption, but the truth will be hard to accept.

Straight out of the gate, this book sets an unforgettable tone of unsettling discomfort that only grows more sinister as the central web of lies is pulled away. Author Chris Nyst showcases an incredible gift for not just devising a complex and nuanced mystery but also for the gorgeous prose used to realize that mystery page after page. This book is a journey into darkness that delivers on its promise of exploring the darkest side of humanity, not just in the town of Millengarra and the secrets within it but also in protagonist Dave Hocking, whose personal demons add a stunning extra layer of nuance to an already dynamic narrative. Overall, if you love your mysteries to be deep and elaborate, making a disturbing commentary on the ugly side of human nature, and being investigated by a nuanced detective with baggage of their own, then Millen is the next read you’re looking for.