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It looked like someone had flung a heap of dirt over it. Ronald concentrated on the bloodstain for a long time. He couldn’t put his finger on it but something wasn’t right. Then Gwen distracted him. ‘We’ve got to find the man. That fellow that’s missing, they think this is his blood. But he’s not anywhere around here. ’ Old Joe was staring at the bush, age-weary but sharp-eyed. He scanned the winter grass, so dry and white, thirsty for the big rains that he knew were months away. Joe Bird could just look at a landscape and sense what was out of place.

Something big was going on, no doubt about that. Gwen picked up Gerard Driver next. He was a pretty good tracker, too. He got in the back with Ronald. None of these Aboriginal people was used much by the police these days but the old trackers like Gerard could talk of earlier times when they were called out to look for people missing in the scrub or hunt down stock rustlers. Their tracking skills had been drummed into them from an early age, evolving from an ancient lore, their senses as honed as in their youth.

He indicated there was something wrong with our exhaust. He said there were sparks coming out. Pete got out and then I heard a bang. ’ At the mention of a gun, the truckies froze. ‘He tied me up, then dragged me into his car,’ she went on. ‘I managed to get away. But I think Pete’s been shot. ’ The men stared at each other. ’ cried Millar. He turned to the woman. ‘Sorry love, but we’re going. ’ The men knew they weren’t far from the small hotel at Barrow Creek, just five or ten minutes down the road.

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