One morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty minutes later he lay dead in a watch-house cell. The Tall Man is the story of that policeman, the tall, enigmatic Christopher Hurley who chose to work in some of the toughest and wildest places in Australia, and of the struggle to bring him to trial. Above all, it is a story of two worlds clashing and a haunting moral puzzle that no reader will forget.
Chloe Hooper won a Walkley Award for her writing on the inquest into the death of Cameron Doomadgee, published in The Monthly and internationally. She lives in Melbourne.