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Winner of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards Deutz Medal for Fiction.

An intriguing novel revolving around the varied reactions to a new, catastrophic disease.

With the advent of the new millennium comes a new disease - Harlequin Rex - and a variety of reactions to it. The men and women in this intriguing novel find themselves caught up in a terrifying novelty, and all must cope as best they can. Their response is influenced as much by the past as by present events, however, those formative things that lie far back in us all: guilt, loyalty, compromise and love - especially love.

Harlequin Rex won the 2000 Montana New Zealand Book Awards Deutz Medal for Fiction.

Formats & editions

  • EBook


    July 1, 2012

    Random House New Zealand

    299 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • Montana New Zealand Book Awards
    Deutz Medal for Fiction

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