Sharp and striking. A modern-day Godfather.

Anna Downes

‘Tight and tense, The Second Son is a

wonderfully sharp-toothed crime thriller.’

Christian White

A tense, sinuous, fast-moving debut where hard answers

are given to questions of honour and justice.’

Garry Disher

‘Hi-octane, raw and emotional.

A compelling and gritty  debut.’ 

Greg Woodland

‘Outstanding … a gripping whodunnit.

Original and straight from the heart.’

Kate London

‘Loraine Peck’s debut novel is as relentless as headlights following you at night, full of spark, simmering violence and outright gang bloodshed.’


Loraine Peck

Loraine Peck started her career as a portrait painter and magician’s assistant in Sydney. After being sawn-in-half one too many times, she switched to dealing blackjack on the Gold Coast. Bartending and slinging lobsters in the US led to a sales job in the movie industry, before she was propelled into a career in marketing in Australia, the Middle East, Asia and the US. Consumed by a desire to write crime thrillers, she decided to stop everything and do a writing course—to learn how to write the kind of book she loves to read.

Her first novel, The Second Son won the 2021 Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Fiction from the Australian Crime Writers Association. She is currently hard at work on the sequel.

Loraine and her husband spend their time between Sydney and the Gold Coast.



2pm – 3pm, 3 December 2021

BAD Sydney 2021 Crime Writers Festival, speaker on Dark Family Secrets panel


12pm – 1pm, 5 December 2021

BAD Sydney 2021 Crime Writers Festival, speaker on the Fresh Blood panel