Off the Rails

Off the Rails is a crime procedural set in Melbourne that explores multiculturalism and racism in Australia. Matthew is actively seeking a publisher for this novel.



Detective Theodore Morris—the Teddy Detective—is called out to the most gruesome crime scene he has ever witnessed. Six young African gang members have been brutally slaughtered on a suburban Melbourne train, and a football legend lies critically injured among the corpses. Somehow, there are no witnesses.


All signs point to a drug-fuelled gang rivalry—but Morris doesn’t think it is so simple. With the assistance of a new recruit to the Victoria Police force, Claire Pleione, Morris pits his unrelenting curiosity against a case that threatens the brittle social fabric of multi-cultural Melbourne.


Off the Rails is intended to be the first in a series of novels featuring the Teddy Detective.


For a quick preview of the novel, here is Chapter 5 – but beware, contains graphic content.


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