Jessica Anderson

Tirra Lirra By the River

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

For Nora Porteous, life is a series of escapes. To escape her tightly knit small-town family, she marries, only to find herself confined again, this time in a stifling Sydney suburb with a selfish, sanctimonious husband.

With a courage born of desperation and sustained by a spirited sense of humor, Nora travels to London, and it is there that she becomes the woman she wants to be. Or does she?

Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
1987

The Last Man's Head

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Detective Alec Probyn has his enemies too. His recent stand on police violence has led to his being suspended from duty.

He has a growing suspicion that a vicious crime is about to be committed. All the more disturbing as the suspect and victim are both members of his own family.

How can Probyn prevent this crime and its shattering consequences? In the savage resolution he discovers that his anti-violent stand has not magically cancelled out the violence in himself.

Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
1987

The Commandant

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

In the 1830s, the penal settlement of Moreton Bay on the Brisbane River is under the command of Patrick Logan. His administration has been denounced by the liberal press of Sydney, but he scorns such criticism.

How can it harm him when he had governed according to the rules? Flogged and brutalised, some convicts escape to the bush and take refuge with the Aborigines. Logan cannot continue to ignore the reaction to his harsh discipline after the arrival of his wife's younger sister, Frances.

Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
1988

An Ordinary Lunacy

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

When David Byfield sees Isobel for the first time at a party, he decides that he has fallen in love with her. An attractive and successful lawyer, David is being groomed for a political career; his experience with love and intimacy, however, is limited.

"Months after the party, Isobel's alcoholic husband is found dead in their shabby apartment, an apparent suicide. Then Isobel is accused of his murder and David steps up to defend her as both lawyer and friend. But Isobel's case is more than he bargained for... "

Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
1987