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A Thousand Miles From Care

A Thousand Miles From Care

by Steve Johnson

A hunt for a brother's killer - a new compelling Australian true crime story about murder & corruption for readers of The Boy in the Dress and Getting Away With Murder

Harper Collins
Publish Date
July 2024

A gripping and heartbreaking story, A Thousand Miles From Care tells the 30 year quest Steve Johnson undertook to uncover the truth about his brilliant brother's brutal murder in Manly.

At the entrance of Sydney Harbor, the cliffs rise fourteen stories above the Pacific, like a gigantic skirt made of sandstone. North Head, one of the most memorable cliffs, is a gorgeous place to watch the sunrise. But it's an unforgiving place to lose your footing. When Steve Johnson's younger brother Scott went over the edge in 1988, he hit an outcrop on the way down and exploded on the rocks below.

The police deemed it a suicide. But Steve Johnson never believed his brother would take his own life, and over the course of three decades he embarked on an arduous quest to find out what really happened to Scott. This profoundly impactful book traces the steps Steve and his family and friends took to solve the mystery, including navigating an openly hostile police force and a maze of dead ends, unreliable informants, teenage gangs, a faked confession, and setbacks at every turn. And yet their quest ended with an extraordinary outcome: a stunning turnaround by police who apprehended a suspect, 32 years after Scott's death.

'Motivated by love and loss of his brother, this inspiring and heartbreaking true story provides a timely and powerful reminder to never take no for an answer in the pursuit of justice. Steve Johnson has ensured Scott Johnson's legacy would be a safer world for gay men, and that legacy is now enduring.' Alex Greenwich MP

'An extraordinary memoir. By turns harrowing, infuriating, and inspiring, it is partly a requiem for a loved one and a lament for all of the brilliant, wonderful people the world was robbed of, simply because they were gay. The pitiless pointlessness of it all is breathtaking, but so too is the decency and love that permeates this book.' Gareth Russell, The Palace

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