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Currently Reading - The Water's Edge, Karin Fossum

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Another one started and finished over the weekend (you have to love Festivals where finding a seat in the sun, out of the wind and reading is an experience to be shared with total strangers), The Water's Edge is the latest Karin Fossum book featuring Inspector Sejer (who is probably as close to a current day Martin Beck as you're ever going to find).

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Currently Reading - Meaner than Fiction, Lindy Cameron

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Okay, so it's gone past fibbing and now I'm lying.  I needed a book to fill in the train trip into Melbourne for this past weekend's Crime & Justice festival (which was fabulous incidentally).  So I took Meaner than Fiction with me and it was just perfect, and I finished it that night in the hotel.  Contains a series of stories about Failed Justice from authors Lindy Cameron, PD Martin, Kerry Greenwood, Shelley Robertson, Susan Metcalfe, Leigh Redhead, Kathryn Deans, Robin Bowles, Liz Filleul and Lucy Sussex.

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Currently Reading - Fear the Worst, Linwood Barclay

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Linwood Barclay is an author who is coming to Crime & Justice Festival in Melbourne this weekend, so I was happy to sit down yesterday and read this book.

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The worst day of Tim Blake's life started out with him making breakfast for his seventeen-year-old daughter Sydney.  Syd was staying with him while she worked a summer job at the Just Inn Time hotel, and Tim hoped this quality father-daughter time would help her deal with the after-effects of his divorce.

Currently Reading - The Semantics of Murder, Aifric Campbell

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Shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writer's Award in 2008, you can find out more about The Semantics of Murder at http://www.thesemanticsofmurder.com

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Jay Hamilton lives in a fashionable area of London, listening to the problems of the wealthy clients who frequent his psychoanalysis practice.

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Currently Reading - Moscow Rules, Daniel Silva

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Flagged as the "Extraordinary new Gabriel Allon Thriller" MOSCOW RULES is the first of this series I've read so far.

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The violent death of a journalist leads agent turned art-restorer, Gabriel Allon, to Russia.  Here he finds that in terms of spycraft, the stakes are the highest they've ever been.  He's playing by Moscow rules now.

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Currently Reading - The Anthology of Colonial Australian Crime Fiction, Ken Gelder & Rachael Weaver

Okay, I'm fibbing again as I've been reading this for a while.  It's a collection of short stories, edited by Ken Gelder and Rachael Weaver, written by a series of colonial Australian authors.  The collection starts with John Lang's - Barrington, 1859 and ends with Allen Micahaelis in 1933 with The Gangster.  More in a full review to come.

Currently Reading - Once Were Cops, Ken Bruen

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I will confess right now, I love Ken Bruen when he's writing that sparse, cut down, terse, lyrical, moving, disturbing fantastic prose that he does.  ONCE WERE COPS is one of those books - and I couldn't wait to read it.

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Michael O'Shea is a member of Ireland's police force, known as the Guards.  He's also a sociopath who walks a knife-edge between sanity and all-out mayhem.

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"Where Do I Begin?"

Wasn't that like a song?

And a pretty fucking bad one?

Like my story.

Currently Reading - Dead I Well May Be, Adrian McKinty

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Okay, I'm fibbing a little as I read this one a few days ago, but I've not had time to post anything about it here.  I'm having a bit of an Irish binge for a few days, but Adrian McKinty's a relatively new author for me - having only read one other of his books (although I've got them all).  This is one of those books that, to be perfectly frank, I had no idea what was going on, and didn't care a bit.  Mad, bad and beautifully evocative.

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I didn't want to go to America.  I didn't want to work for Darkey White.  I had my reasons.  But I went.

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And now for something completely different:

http://www.youtube.com/AusBookVideoAwards

The Book Video Awards is an annual book trailer competition. The trailers are 90 seconds long and are based on three new Random House Australia books, THE TRUE STORY OF BUTTERFISH by Nick Earls, BLACK ICE by Leah Giarratano and STATE OF EMERGENCY by Sam Fisher.

Currently Reading - Salvation, Vikki Petraitis

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It's impossible to read a book like this and not think long and hard about the context - the abuse of the powerless, frequently children, by the supposedly powerful.  SALVATION is a great title for this book, but more on that in an upcoming full review. 

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In the early 1950s, Rod Braybon's father died, leaving his mother with eight children she couldn't care for.  As a ward of the state, Rod was passed from institution to institution until he finally ended up at the notorious Bayswater Boys' Home run by the Salvation Army.

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