I fell across this book a few years ago in a shop, having never heard of the author anywhere before. But if it's Australian then I'm almost duty bound to read a book (well that's my justification anyway). This is a story about a serial killer - and the police unit that is investigating - firstly the death of a teenage girl and then the death of a young boy - both killings with a similar, very clinical, method. From the book - the synopsis probably explains it best:
"In the bayside suburb of St Kilda a teenage girl is murdered. It is no ordinary murder; the method was violent, but the pretty face and body remain composed, almost serene in death. Battling conflicting evidence, no suspects, and a crime scene as cold as a Melbourne winter, the Homicide Squad is further hampered by political obstruction. When the second and third murders are committed, Inspector Ryan McAbbey assigns a taskforce and a manhunt begins. Combining hi-tech scientific techniques and old-fashioned detective know-how, the Homicide Squad pursue a ruthless killer with an agenda that will leave society reeling from the consequences."
This book was simply not my cup of tea I'm sad to say. The personal insights into the detective's lives got too heavy-handed on occasion, spreading the story of the murders out too far, the characterisations were too predictable for me - more of a fan of the quirky, the unusual, the insightful. Doesn't mean it's a bad story at all - just perhaps a little too much on the Chamomile Tea side for this stand a spoon up in it, strong black tea fan.