Shortlist year: 
2008
Shortlist category: 
Fiction
Published by: 
Pan Macmillan

About the book

Book cover- El Dorado by Dorothy Porter

There is a serial child killer stalking the streets of Melbourne. He kills his victims gently and places a gold mark on their head. The mark of El Dorado. He doesn't kill because he hates children, but because he loves them. He believes in Childhood Innocence, and he will kill to entomb them there...

This is a book about a friendship under siege, and about how jealousy and betrayal cast very long shadows - which can stalk you to the grave.

El Dorado is Dorothy Porter's finest verse novel to date. Unflinching and morally uncompromising, it is both a complex thriller and a completely unique, and compelling, reading experience from Australia's most maverick and versatile poet.