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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.

AusBookVideo Awards

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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.

Crime & Justice Festival at the Convent 17th-19th July, 2009 - Tickets Ordered

Well, the programme for this festival was released this morning, so we've just faxed off our bookings (I'm lucky enough to be going for the 2 days of the weekend, Adam will come down and join me on the Sunday).

The programme's online at http://www.crimeandjusticefestival.com/

So we've booked for:

Tales from the Dark Side - Rochelle Jackson, Colin McLaren and Susanna Lobez with Shirley Hardy-Rix

Currently Reading - Rick Dunlop Cases, R M Davey

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First book from local first time crime fiction author, Rick Dunlop Cases:  The Maclay Murder and other Mysteries arrived for review recently.

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Ex DI RIck Dunlop is forced to write his memoir for his guidance counsellor after a certain case for the Victorian Police finds him "mentally unfit for active duty" and turns him into a social outcast.  Ten months on, he has managed to find gainful employment with Jeff, another cast-off from the ranks of the esteemed men in blue, and now proprietor of Fitzroy Field Investigations.

Age Article last weekend - Our Dark Materials

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There was a great summary article from Stephen Knight in last weekend's Age:

http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/books/our-dark-materials/2009/06/18/1244918135592.html

The article could serve as a great checklist for current fans to check that they have read through as much of the local offering as possible, or as a starting out list for new readers.

Currently Reading - Black Ice, Leah Giarratano

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The third book from clinical psychologist turned crime fiction author, Leah Giarratano, BLACK ICE is due out on 1st July - so I'll hold my full review until then.

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Beautiful people can do terrible things...

A mother out of gaol, hell-bent on vengeance, desperate to be reunited with her son.

An ambitious cop trying to bust a Sydney drug cartel.

A glamorous society couple living the high life - he's a successful lawyer, she's a model. He's also feeding her growing cocaine and ice habit.

Currently Reading - Death Wore White, Jim Kelly

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Jim Kelly's a great author from the UK - I've enjoyed earlier books of his very much - so Death Wore White as a discussion book on 4MA - well had to get a copy of it.

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At 5.15pm Harvey Ellis was trapped, stranded in a line of eight cars by a blizzard on a Norfolk coast road.

At 8.15pm Harvey Ellis was dead, viciously stabbed at the wheel of his truck.

And his killer has achieved the impossible:  striking without being seen, and without leaving a single footprint in the snow.

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Currently Reading - Compulsively Murdering Mao, Bill Green

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I've really enjoyed Bill's earlier books, so it was rather nice to find that with him living not so far away from where we've now moved to, his new books are now much easier to track down.

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Compulsively Murdering Mao tracks the life of Phillip Coussens from his childhood in a small country town to his life as an investigative journalist and press secretary to the special Minister of State and China Trade, and his seduction by a CIA operative to deliver the fatal move on Chairman Mao.

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Currently Reading - Blind Eye, Stuart MacBride

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Have you got any authors whose books you regard as your "treat"?  Stuart MacBride is definitely one of those for me.  Okay so there's a lot of them, but it's not often that a new MacBride novel can sit around here before I pick it up.  So it was with Blind Eye.  I felt like treating myself.  I had 3 treat books to choose from - Blind Eye won :)

Mind you, these aren't cosy, sweetness and light books.   Black humour, violent deaths, gory outcomes, love 'em.

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