A BRITISH writer has won the race to be the first with a book about the Peter Falconio murder.
Journalist Richard Shears, the Daily Mail's correspondent in Australia, updated his book as the trial went on.
He delivered the last chapter of Bloodstain within hours of 47-year-old mechanic Bradley John Murdoch's conviction in Darwin, Northern Territory, this month.
Publishers New Holland say the 86,000-word paperback will leave readers "questioning the verdict".
Four other books are to be released about the killing of backpacker Mr Falconio, from Hepworth.
But the victim's girlfriend, Joanne Lees, has refused to co-operate with any of the writers.
She said after the trial: "I want to state for the record that the authors of these books have not spoken to me."
And Then The Darkness, by Sydney journalist Sue Williams, is likely to be the second book to come out.
Like Shears, she has interviewed Murdoch's parents.
She also travelled to the UK to interview family and friends of Mr Falconio and Miss Lees.
The author said: "I have gained a really well-rounded view of her, what she is like and how she has coped with her ordeal."
Former private investigator Robin Bowles staged a personal re-enactment of the attack for her book, Dead Centre.
The book is so named because the Barrow Creek spot where Mr Falconio was killed is just a short distance from Australia's geographical heart.
Harper Collins will publish British journalist Roger Maynard's account, Where's Peter? while Australian journalist Paul Toohey is writing a book yet to be given a title.