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The follow up to a fascinating book Australia's Most Murderous Prison, AUSTRALIA'S TOUGHEST PRISONS: INMATES tells the story of a number of people in prison - for a change not all of the usual role-call of participants that show up in these sorts of books.
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The historical context not only highlights how attitudes have changed since the 1940s but how the attitudes of those times are still not far from the surface.
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There's room in Australian crime fiction for two lone-wolf anti-hero types, and Wyatt's got some serious competition now.
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While Underground Airlines shares much of its messaging with recent books and films about slavery it also joins a list of provocative alternate histories such as Fatherland and The Yiddish Policeman’s Union which use crime fiction tropes to explore and expose their worlds.
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BLOOD WEDDING is gripping and very cleverly constructed.
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Needing something that would be reliably good recently, TRACES OF RED was just the thing as Paddy Richardson is a particularly talented writer of psychological thrillers.
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BAD BLOOD is accessible crime / thriller / paranormal / action packed day to day life style storytelling.
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Michel Bussi is a renowned crime fiction writer and winner of many awards in his native France, BLACK WATER LILIES being the second of his books translated into English.
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Michel Bussi is a renowned crime fiction writer and winner of many awards in his native France, BLACK WATER LILIES being the second of his books translated into English.
As much as I'd love to say that if you're a new reader to this series than just get on with it, it's one that you really have to read in order.
For a cricket obsessed reader, fond of the assertion that test cricket is a metaphor for life, THE RULES OF BACKYARD CRICKET made me wonder about that just for a moment.
There is a very good reason for all the buzz around about The Dry, another great debut thriller from an Australian writer. Review at Newtown Review of Books
Pufferfish is one of my all time favourite Australian Crime Fiction identities. He's taciturn, reticent and often recalcitrant. He's frequently obtuse, often slightly grumpy, addicted to strong espresso and liquorice all-sorts and finally, he's back.
It's dark, it's classic noir, it's very Australian and it's about as pitch perfect as you can get.
For reasons that escape me, Paul Cleave doesn't seem to have the profile, or the world-wide awareness that he absolutely and utterly deserves.
Inspired by the true events surrounding an unsolved murder, Dark Fires Shall Burn is set in Sydney’s Newtown in the aftermath of World War II. - Full review at Newtown Review of Books

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There is so much to like about the Café La Femme series (of which THE BLACKMAIL BLEND is #1.5).
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A Novella length outing with Alex Morgan that is just the thing for some escapist reading, with a very good message.
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Quite a change of pace for me this one.
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The final one started over this past weekend - needing in particular, a change of hemisphere although I wish now I'd read the first in the series.
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Highly recommended if you like your noir on the darkest of dark sides.
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Next from a weekend spent getting stuck into the overdue reading list.
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2nd from the weekend's pile.
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The pairing of Spencer and Blair fits well, is unforced and seems to be preparing the basis for a good investigative team.
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COMFORT ZONE is the debut novel from Ex Federal Minister for Finance and long-time Labor true believer Lindsay Tanner.
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Buist has delivered a well constructed mystery around Natalie King that manages to keep twisting through to the last couple of pages.
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I've been doing some very determined juggling recently as this is a book I've been very keen to read - particularly as the 2nd in the series is now also out. Wonderful sense of place.
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With a true story behind it, The Death Ray Debacle is set in New Zealand in the 1930's.
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The circumstances that gave rise to the 2011 riots have not all gone away and Ten Days is, if nothing else, a timely reminder of the fragility of the social contract that underpins our day to day existence.
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In The Trap Melanie Raabe has delivered an effective page turner. She uses some familiar thriller elements but has used her setup to mould those elements into something original. Overall this is an impressive debut.
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