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The Student is fast-paced, dry as dust, gritty Australian regional noir. Full Review at Newtown Review of Books.
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A family drama / saga styled novel, with crime overtones, DAYS ARE LIKE GRASS is beautifully written. Moving, descriptive, populated by fully realised characters there is much in this novel that is thought-provoking, and profoundly affecting.
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HARD LABOUR's an interesting undertaking of an unusual crime and background, introducing an unusual sort of protagonist.
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THE SQUAD is very interesting reading indeed.
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An escapist thriller for your summer holiday, LIE TO ME will keep you guessing and wondering just who it is you are supposed to feel for – the missing, or the one that remained?
Posted by Andrea Thompson
THE LAST TIME WE SPOKE will leave readers thinking about consequences long after the novel has come to an end.
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"Now he must choose between exoneration and condemnation, justice and vengeance." Readers are all too often left wondering which one he gets to choose, and which one he deserves.
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Right on the money as he always is, Stephen King - with his co-writer son Owen King - addresses here a premise that is ridiculously and soberingly topical. What is it that could bring down society in such a dramatically short space of time? The withdrawing of the women.
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THE LAST TIME WE SPOKE will leave readers thinking about consequences long after the novel has come to an end.
"Now he must choose between exoneration and condemnation, justice and vengeance." Readers are all too often left wondering which one he gets to choose, and which one he deserves.
The bright shiny lives of Louise’s friends, ex colleagues and acquaintances are cyber surreal to her and the friends that were once vitally important in the school years have now become just posts on her phone screen. The ‘friend request’ received from a dead school mate rocks Louise straight back to those school days of fake friends, neuroses and crushing peer pressure.
If the universe wants to be particularly nice to us, it will make sure that A DARK SO DEADLY is the start of a new series from Stuart MacBride.
Paul Strom is quite the guy and supremely confident that he is the master of his own destiny. The man who other men want to be, and the man who women want to be with. As it turns out, not so much.
Police Scotland has created a “dumping ground” for those officers who don’t quite fit; the ill, those who have faced disciplinary action, those who refuse to play by the rules.
Rural Australia is both developing and narrowing. The selling out of Australia to foreign interests has resulted in multitudes of country towns closing down and officially ceasing to exist. Centralizing the displaced has become the solution to the increasing shortage of food and resources. Generational land ownership comes to a forced end, and for the residents of the bush communities, the country of their birth is becoming unrecognizable.
It is quite possible to fall in the love with someone who has not yet been born. It is also quite possible that you would be willing to die for them.

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The fact that this subject is handled in this manner, within a plot that's multi-levelled, that involves the members of the self-help trial group, and the facilitators equally is cleverly done, and it's seamlessly delivered.
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Started this NZ based story on the weekend.
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Fun read for next month's f2f bookclub
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Author Tony Cavanaugh has had a long and illustrious career in film and tv and thus brings that excellent crafting of place and character to his crime novels. All of his creations are wholly convincing and though sketched with typical Australian economy, they are entirely recognizable in their landscape.
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Everything in YOU wrong-foots the reader, creating a challenging reading experience of very intimate personal time with rather unpleasant people, wrapped up in obsession, fuelled by the manipulation of technology to control.
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It's been a while since finishing a debut book made me mildly miffed I'd have to wait a while for the second in the series.
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Lot of sitting around waiting recently - so an ebook, and something set in Asia for a change.
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THE GREAT SWINDLE is a fascinating book. It's not universally uplifting and it's not overbearingly depressing. It is, however, unerringly clever.
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Sanders shows a keen ability to capture the American vernacular, speech patterns and settings and proves he is able to play in the same weapon-filled sandpit as some of his more famous American counterparts.
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This comes with a lot of very positive press and comments.
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Candice Fox announced herself as an Australian crime writer to watch with her Ned Kelly Award winning debut Hades, followed up a year later by its award winning sequel Eden.
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If two Ned Kelly Awards and one short-listing hasn't given you a big enough hint already, CRIMSON LAKE should absolutely confirm that Candice Fox is an Australian writer of immense ability.
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Sanders shows a keen ability to capture the American vernacular, speech patterns and settings and proves he is able to play in the same weapon-filled sandpit as some of his more famous American counterparts.
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Garry Disher has two successful major crime series out – very different from each other, both of the highest possible standard. Full Review At Newtown Review of Books

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... this is a series for fans of crime fiction. It's introspective, considered, thoughtful, insightful and brilliant.
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Anyone taking bets on a third featuring these characters would probably shorten the odds at a rapid rate of knots after reading this.
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Sometimes life is very unreasonable.
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In The Girl From Venice, Cruz Smith effectively captures a point in time.
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BLOOD WEDDING is a great novel to take with you on your next long journey or to indulge in over one or two sittings. The time will fly!
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This is a book that feels like it wants to tear the blinkers off and really make you think about the manner in which society tends to treat victims in particular.
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It's taken a long while to write this review, simply because this has been a collection of writing that I've wanted to go back to frequently in order to get my head around much of it.
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The key aspect of this structure is that Kill the Next One keeps readers guessing and despite becoming a little frustrating at times, it is very hard to put down.
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The Girl Before ticks all of the Girl book boxes in spades. It has two unreliable female narrators, a supporting cast of abusive and potentially violent men and plenty of domestic thrills.
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Australian readers are likely to still know Melina Marchetta for her breakout young adult novel Looking for Alibrandi (1992). Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is crime genre novel. But while it relies on some of the genre conventions it also manages to subvert some of them, particularly with its focus on some teen protagonists.
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Ignore all the book comparisons as it doesn’t do this clever little mystery justice; it is all about the journey here and the big reveal is not the tantalizing part of the read. THE LAST ACT OF HATTIE HOFFMAN is a very satisfying read and deservedly one of the buzz books of the summer.
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As the teen struggles to deal with both the mental and physical trauma, Jenny’s parents make the decision to allow medics try a new drug on their daughter that will serve to delete the immediate painful memories of the attack.
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OLD SCORES is a great entry in what, overall, is a tremendous series that reminds us again how keen the eye and how sharp the observation of really good crime writers like David Whish-Wilson is.
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Cliff Hardy is back in the forty-second and now final book in this much loved, admired series.
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There is no denying Peter Corris’ status as the godfather of modern Australian crime. Corris took the American private investigator corner of the crime genre and made it uniquely Australian. Still going now after 33 years, gumshoe and Sydney icon Cliff Hardy is back in action for the forty-second time in Win, Lose or Draw.
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The third Frank Swann book - the setting is wonderfully done - and oddly nostalgic :)
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This list is of standout reads from 2016, grouped into categories with no attempt whatsoever at an arbitrary number.
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