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A revealing novel based on real events and real people.

An utterly compelling recreation of the events that led to one of the last executions in New Zealand.

Albert Black, known as the 'jukebox killer', was only twenty when he was convicted of murdering another young man in a fight at a milk bar in Auckland on 26 July 1955. His crime fuelled growing moral panic about teenagers, and he was to hang less than five months later, the second-to-last person to be executed in New Zealand.

But what really happened? Was this a love crime, was it a sign of juvenile delinquency? Or was this dark episode in our recent history more about our society's reaction to outsiders?

Black's final words, as the hangman covered his head, were, 'I wish you all a merry Christmas, gentlemen, and a prosperous New Year.' This is his story.

'A beautiful writer' - The Times

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780143771807

    July 2, 2018

    RHNZ Vintage

    RRP $38.00

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  • EBook

    9780143771814

    July 2, 2018

    Random House New Zealand

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Book Clubs
SHORT STORY CLUB – 12 JULY 2018

Read the story being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 12 July 2018

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A Needle in the Heart
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