Hello! I’m Dinuka and welcome to my website.

Here you’ll find information about my upcoming debut, THE TORRENT, winner of the HarperCollins Australia 2020 Banjo Prize for fiction and available in bookstores and via e-book on 02 Feb 2022. You can pre-order through your favourite independent bookshop or online. You can also ask your local library to order in a copy (or three)!

Find out more about me, check out news on upcoming events & media, and get in touch!

The Torrent

Meet Detective Kate Miles. Headstrong, ambitious and dogged, juggling a Police career with the demands of a young family in Northern NSW. Heavily pregnant and a week from maternity leave, she is tasked with reviewing the case of a young man’s death in floodwaters. All that’s required of her is to review the case and write a report. But that’s not really how Kate works …



“A new contender for Queen of Australian crime.” — Katherine Kovacic

“Vivid, pacy and refreshingly original. A gripping whodunnit with heart.” — Emma Viskic

“A cleverly plotted, satisfyingly twisty mystery that was a huge favourite with the HarperCollins reading team. I adored it… I am so excited to share this book with the thousands of readers who are going to love it as much as we all do.” — Anna Valdinger, Fiction Publisher at HarperCollins

“A taut and menacing debut” — Ashley Kalagian Blunt

“A standout debut, and Dinuka McKenzie is a master storyteller worthy of every crime reader’s attention.” — B Michael Radburn

“A compelling protagonist, a layered plot, an immersive setting. McKenzie joins the ranks of Australian crime writers with this highly original and engaging story.” — Cass Moriarty