Sydney Bauer
Sydney Bauer


A girl is dead…and not just any girl.

Christina Haynes is the teenage daughter of a popular US Senator, and when she drowns moments after a conversation at sea with her best friend’s mother, Boston Lawyer David Cavanaugh faces his toughest case to date.

What appears to be a straightforward, tragic accident in the waters off Cape Ann Massachusetts, turns into something else entirely as Rayna Martin, a respected African-American attorney, is charged with her murder.

With the victim’s father one of the most powerful politicians in the country and the Assistant District Attorney prepared to put his personal ambition ahead of legal justice, David soon discovers that his most dangerous battle is taking place outside the court room.

Lies, deception, blackmail, threats…and finally the precision of an assassin’s bullet combine to create a shocking finale in this exciting debut from Australian author Sydney Bauer.

Undertow Reviews:

Compelling from start to finish, this fast-paced thriller combines engaging characters, sharp dialogue, and a plot so gripping that the pages seem to turn themselves. A handsome job.
Richard North Patterson.

Terrific legal suspense – a great debut.
Lee Child.

UNDERTOW is an impressive debut. Written with urgency… The climaxes and about turns and surprises just keep coming until the final showdown… Watch out Grisham.
The Sydney Morning Herald.

UNDERTOW is all handled with dexterity and no little style...her locations have the right sense of place, her plotting is economical and concise…Bauer is credibly packaged.
The Australian.

Australian author Sydney Bauer has done a Grisham, producing a fast-paced and suspenseful legal thriller.
The Melbourne Age.

Bauer’s eye for detail never lets her down. Her obviously thorough research is carefully integrated and never just for effect. The back cover quote from Lee Child, ‘Terrific legal suspense – a great debut’, is thoroughly deserved.’
Bookseller and Publisher Magazine.

UNDERTOW is a stunning legal thriller. From the opening page to the last it is a deeply involving story that represents the epitome of the good little guy versus the bad big guy.
Epinions Literary Reviews Australia.

Sydney Bauer has hit the crime scene in fine style with a legal thriller that is confronting, touching on relevant and controversial issues with absolute confidence. This is the kind of story that legal thriller fans everywhere would eat up with a spoon and then go looking for more.
Australian Crime Writers Association.

A creditable, enthralling legal suspense drama following firmly in the footsteps of Grisham and Patterson.
Good Reading Magazine.

One of the most accomplished Australian crime novels to date. It’s got it all – class, gender politics and powerful prose. Look out John Grisham, there’s a new sheriff in town.
Sisters in Crime Australia.

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