The Deadly Sky
Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143308157
The Red Suitcase
Mākaro Press, $25.00, ISBN 9780994106902
Walker, $22.00, ISBN 9781922179623
David Hill’s The Deadly Sky is set in 1974, when the nuclear proliferation of the Cold War was at the forefront of political debate, and France was, quite literally, dropping bombs in the South Pacific. Modern global terror has a different focus (the Big Red Button seems old-fashioned from today’s perspective), but the ethical quandaries at the heart of the arms race – whether militarisation works to promote security or to endanger it; whether national and global security is worth its economic, ecological and individual cost – remain pertinent.