While not a thriller in the strictest sense, Provocation makes use of many elements of the genre: suspense, violent crime and legal drama all feature in a story which might best be described as New Zealand noir. It has been well-received in both the UK, where it was first published, and in New Zealand.
Guilt (2000) follows the lives of four characters in 1987 Auckland. As the title suggests, it explores the phenomenon of guilt, and the damage that people can inadvertently inflict on one another.
Kira Connal is a WPC working for the Bristol Police force. She's used to coming up against members of the local crime fraternity - from petty thieves, local dealers to small-time thugs. But when local businessman Oliver Stroud is reported missing, Kira gets the sense that his disappearance is a little different. His wife Hannah and daughter Lucy seem convinced that Oliver is a decent man, incapable of real deceit and even less so of desertion. Yet when Kira starts to investigate, she can find no trace of Oliver's life before 1993. It's as though before that, he never existed.