FIVE OUTSTANDING novels full of mystery and intrigue have been announced as the shortlist for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, which will be presented at a WORD Christchurch event in late September.
Very nice way to spend a weekend - in the company of one of my favourite Policemen around.
From the Blurb:
AUGUST 1987: Against the backdrop of the nuclear ships stand-off with America; the rich and powerful gather in Auckland for a lavish election-night party. Before the night is out, a seventeen-year-old girl will be murdered and several lives utterly changed.
August: 1987: Against the backdrop of the nuclear ships stand-off with America, the rich and powerful gather in Auckland for a lavish election night party. Before the night is out, a seventeen-year-old girl will be murdered and several lives utterly changed.
I've stopped panicking over how many books there are that I am so far behind with reading. You can't bet city hall after all, but it's a nice feeling to know there are so many great local options (this is from NZ) if you're not up with the series (which is brilliant so you should be).
From the Blurb:
After 15 years, New Zealand's leading crime writer, Paul Thomas is back with another Ihaka blockbuster - all three previous books were huge sellers, with Old School Tie winning Australia's prestigious Ned Kelly Award for crime writing.
Former cop, Duane Ricketts, made two big mistakes in his life.
The first was being fingered for buying heroin-laced cigarettes. A mistake that would see him languishing in a Thai jail for a couple of months.
His second mistake was to become friendly with Frank Varty.
Varty is apparently the only preson who knows the exact whereabouts of 10kg of high-grade cocaine from an aborted run into New Zealand by boat 10 years ago.
Then, wouldn't you know it, Varty is killed by the partner of a Thai ladyboy and Ricketts is on hand to hear his final words.
The APA is on the offensive. First, a loudmouth redneck talkback radio broadcaster, Fred 'the Freckle' Freckleton, is forced to walk the plank from the 15th floor of a building. Then, a crusading journalist gets his neck wrung and a diehard monarchist MP is slowly cooked while his minder is fed to a pitbull terrier. And it's all the work of the Aotearoa People's Army.