I do love a plan. I particularly love a plan that might mean I get my monthly reading numbers back on track. I've been a bit slow off the mark so far this year, and it really is time to get organised. It's not like there's anything on summer TV worth watching, and goodness knows I've unpacked more than enough boxes for a while. Besides I'm running out of places to put stuff - so it will just have to stay in a box until we build the "dream house" (which probably means forever the way we get organised :) )
This is a book written by the son of a major crime / scandal figure in New South Wales in the '60s and '70s. Abe Saffron was known in Sydney circles as Mr Sin and for many years ran clubs, strip joints, brothels amongst other things.
From the blurb:
Growing up the son of Australia's kingpin of vice, Alan Saffron had little chance of a normal life. In the landmark nightspots of Kings Cross, his father pioneered the lucrative underworld businesses of girls, grog and gambling - and had Alan count the money after school. But the real trouble was at home.
The earliest Australian Crime Fiction book I've ever found reference to is Ellen Davitt's Force and Fraud which was originally published in 1865, but for sheer numbers and prolific writing Fergus Hume is somebody that needs mentioning.
Starting with The Mystery of the Hansom Cab published in 1886, Fergus Hume went on to have about 137 books published up until 1932.
This really isn't a week when I can talk about crime fiction as entertainment. We've been incredibly lucky but the rest of Victoria hasn't. Yesterday large parts of our home State went up in flames and the human death toll is currently rising rapidly, to say nothing of the devastating loss of animals and huge areas of land.
There has been a bit of discussion around blogs recently about forgotten books and this morning's Blow off the Dust post on The Rap Sheet seemed particularly appropriate as an incentive to join the ranks of reading some old forgotten books. Firstly because we're surrounded by dust storms, and secondly because I got hold of some old favourites recently. So today I'm going to pick up Vanishing Point by Pat Flower originally published in 1975.
It's an interesting phenomena that in a country that used to pride itself on it's rugged outdoors / country style heroes, the vast majority of the population live on the coast - in large cities.
This is the fourth book in the Anna Travis series - the earlier ones are Above Suspicion, The Red Dahlia and Clean Cut. I've really enjoyed the earlier books so I was somewhat taken aback when I saw the sheer size of this one - 641 pages makes for a very very big book, so I sincerely hope that it lives up to the weight.
From the Blurb:
The Carnival of the Criminal minds seems to have gone a bit damp and sweaty - Number 31 is being hosted over at Helen's It's Criminal blog. There are some tremendous points including the Reg Keeland's site. Reg is Stieg Larsson's translator (amongst others). There is also a very useful pointer to Crimewav.com for a regular podcast. Anyway - wander over to Helen's blog and you too can be somewhat startled and slightly amazed that such a refined, genteel and proper lady seems to be a tad obsessed wit
I've got a fascinating book here that I've been dipping in and out of for quite a while now (and some of the authors mentioned will come up again in my Wednesday Waffles), but it's called The Anthology of Colonial Australian Crime Fiction - written by Ken Gelder and Rachael Weaver.
From Random House - Channel 7 has finished filming the 8-part true crime series starring Aussie crime writer Leah Giarratano. Though delayed, we have news that the series is amazing and looks set to hit our screens come March or April.