Death in the Sand - Norm Barber

Death in the Sand

Artist Norm Barber

  • Release Date: 2014-12-03
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
From 9 Ratings


Teenage boys, James Annetts and Simon Amos, disappeared from their cattle stations in the east Kimberley region of Australia in 1986. The Western Australian police mounted a half-hearted search, discouraged local volunteers from helping, then after three days returned to their station to concentrate on paperwork.

The boys' abandoned vehicle was located four months later by desert surveyors Andy Brett and Greg Owens. Wild dogs and camels had pulled apart the kids bodies and sucked their bones dry. Johnny Brown helped retrieve the scattered remains. He was intrigued. How had Simon been reduced to bleached bones while the flesh on James' face remained relatively intact, along with the shock of hair on his skull, bleached red by the desert sun? Weren't the boys supposed to have died at the same time? And what about the vehicle an Aboriginal tribal man heard follow the two teenagers into this deadly corner of the Great Sandy Desert?


  • heartbreaking history of a way of life

    By kahukuredraiderforlife
    sad: for the victims, their families, the Aboriginal communities who endured even worse treatment than the in that hostile environment is a struggle in the best of times but racial tension and hatred make everyone suffer even more. very eye-opening story of life that most of us do not experience first hand. A good book to read.
  • Captivating, engaging and informative. Couldn't put it down.

    By lydclrk
    I felt every emotion right along with the story teller. I am from the US and I never realized how very little we know about life in the Australian outback. I've been to the outback but this book showed such a detailed history and life of the area, I never knew. Most of all, I am sad for James, Simon, their families and loved ones. They will always be in my prayers. Thank God for the author keeping this story alive, you are kind beyond measure and I hope some day the answers are found.
  • Good but could've been better.

    By Kunsthure
    The first part of the book was a compelling read. The author painted a detailed mental image of the region that I could see it so clearly in my mind's eye. However, the second part of the book was difficult to read. There were so many unnecessary tangents and anecdotes that I started to wonder if the author had a minimum word count to meet.