An Australian crime writer with spunk, Peter Doyle takes us to Billy Glasheen's early days in post war Sydney. An apprentice luck merchant, Billy's boss disappears leaving him holding the bag ... and leading him into the seedier, dirtier side of Sydney life. Peter Doyle is the author of the Ned Kelly Award-winning novels Get Rich Quick and Amaze Your Friends and this is another smart, bold and sassy crime thriller.
Meet Billy Glasheen, a fresh voice in crime fiction.
Peter Doyle's new book offers a glimpse into the lives of Sydney's con artists, magsmen, drug dealers and house breakers...
Blurb from the Book
Amaze Your Friends is a wild and funny trip through the underside of Sydney at the turn of a decade - a world of bodgies and beatniks, reefer smoking and pill popping. It's Sydney 1959 and Billy, lurk merchant and low life, can't take a trick.
The past has caught up with him as Sydney's meanest, crookedest cop wants ten thousand pounds to keep the peace.
About the Author
Peter Doyle was born in Maroubra, in Sydney's eastern suburbs. He worked as a taxi driver, - musician, and teacher before writing Get Rich Quick, which won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel in 1997.
Its sequel, Amaze Your Friends, won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel in 1998, followed in 2001 by The Devil's Jump, the third book in Doyle's Billy Glasheen series.
Doyle lives in Newtown, where he divides his time between writing and teaching. He is also a part-time curator at Sydney's Justice and Police Museum.
The reading fairies are smiling on me from a height at the moment. But with CROOKS LIKE US they have gone all out. You just wouldn't expect to find a book classified as true crime that's moving, sad, funny, and just so absolutely fascinating that it's unputdownable.
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