FORTRESS, Gabrielle Lord's acclaimed first novel, is a spare, gripping thriller.
At school the morning bell rings. The children are cooperative and eager to help in preparation for the inspector. Without warning their peace is shattered by the appearance at the window of a grotesquely masked figure.
It is the start of a forty-eight-hour ordeal of terror for Sally Jones and her small band of pupils, as they are kidnapped by a gang of sinister and sadistic men asking for a cool million dollars ransom for their victims.
Sally's first concern is to protect and comfort the children, but as their nightmare continues she becomes determined to escape and then, together with the children, to destroy.
Gabrielle Lord is widely acknowledged as one of Australia's foremost crime fiction writers. She is the author of fifteen adult novels, and her stories and articles have appeared widely in the national press and anthologies. Her contemporary psychological thrillers are informed by a detailed knowledge of forensic procedures. One of her series for young adults, the award-winning Conspiracy 365, has been sold in twenty-four countries and adapted into a television series.
In 2012, Gabrielle Lord received a Ned Kelly Lifetime Award for Crime Writing. Previously, she won a Ned Kelly award for Death Delights and shared a Davitt award for Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing.
For more information visit her website gabriellelord.com, her Facebook page on facebook.com/#!/GabrielleLordAuthor or follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/gabriellelord.