Dave Warner

2016 Ned Kelly Award .... and the Winners are!

By now everyone knows that the winners of the 2016 Ned Kelly Awards were Best: Dave Warner for Before it Breaks, Best First: Emma Viskic for Resurrection Bay, Best True: Gideon Haigh for Certain Admissions and SD Harvey Short Story: Roni O'Brien for Flesh

Announcing the 2016 Ned Kelly Award Shortlists

The Australian Crime Writers Association today announced the shortlists for the 2016 Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing.

The AustCrimeFiction Best of 2015

I'm mathematically challenged at the best of times, and never more so than when greeted by the need to come up with a "list" of a certain number. Okay so that's probably less to do with maths and more to do with a pathological hatred of arbitrary rules. So let's just go with this being the best of list of all the books (currently at 147 or so) that I was fortunate (in the main) to have read in 2015.

Review - BEFORE IT BREAKS, Dave Warner

Author Information
Book Title: 
Before it Breaks
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
9781925161175
Series: 
Daniel Clement
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
Location: 
Broome
Western Australia
Publisher: 
Fremantle Press
Year of Publication: 
2015

Currently Reading - Before It Breaks, Dave Warner

Book Title: 
Author Name: 

Sometimes the world is a kind place and a new book from a favoured author appears, and it is very very good into the bargain.

From the Blurb:

Detective Daniel Clement is back in Broome, licking his wounds from a busted marriage and struggling to be impressed by his new team of small-town cops. Here, in the oasis on the edge of the desert, life is as stagnant as Clement’s latest career move.

Before It Breaks

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Detective Daniel Clement is back in Broome, licking his wounds from a busted marriage and struggling to be impressed by his new team of small-town cops. Here, in the oasis on the edge of the desert, life is as stagnant as Clement’s latest career move.

But when a body is discovered a local fishing spot, it is clearly not the result of a crocodile attack. Somewhere in Broome is a hunter of a different kind.

As more bodies are found, Clement races to solve a decades-old mystery before a monster cyclone hits.

Location: 
Broome
Western Australia
Publisher: 
Fremantle Press
Year of Publication: 
2015

Murder in the Off Season

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Rock-star-turned-detective Andrew "The Lizard" Zirk decides to take a vacation with his gorgeous chauffeuse, Fleur. And what better destination than a new resort on the Indonesian island of Ulambor. But no sooner have they polished off their first plate of gado gado than their romantic retreat is ringing with the shouts of the Dynamos, an Aussie soccer team fresh from an unexpected defeat in their grand final. Tensions in the team are running high when an ominous series of events has the guests quaking in their espadrilles.

ISBN: 
0330362879
Location: 
Sydney
Series: 
Andrew The Lizard Zirk
Publisher: 
Fremantle Press
Year of Publication: 
2000

Murder in the Groove

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

When reclusive former rock-star Andrew "The Lizard" Zirk accepts an invitation to a rock and roll party in honour of Australia's nastiest, sleaziest, crudest and most successful musician, Sydney Melbourne, he little realises he has just started a new career as Australia's most successful crime sleuth. Before his Fender has squealed its first note in anger, Sydney is dead of an apparent drug overdose. His long-standing roadie has provided the warm-up, zapped an hour earlier by 240 volts of deadly electricity. The suspects are stacked like 45s in an old Wurlitzer.

ISBN: 
0732910641
Location: 
Sydney
Series: 
Andrew The Lizard Zirk
Publisher: 
Fremantle Press
Year of Publication: 
1998

Murder in the Frame

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Director Buzz Shaw invites reclusive former rock star Zirk to a screening of his latest film at 'Tropfest' short film festival, neither is aware that they are both about to take starring roles in a very different style of film production. Murder! The clapperboard has barely slammed shut on the festivities when Fleur, Zirk's chauffeuse, finds Buzz strangled by a roll of film. The cameras are rolling, the action's mounting and for Andrew 'The Lizard' Zirk, murder's in the frame.

ISBN: 
0330361554
Location: 
Sydney
Series: 
Andrew The Lizard Zirk
Publisher: 
Fremantle Press
Year of Publication: 
1999

Exxxpresso

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Just out of the big house, Rick is a good natured ex-crim with a plan to franchise a chain of cafes based on a prison theme. To finance his dream, he borrows from a low-life drug dealer and full-time paranoid, Guthrie. But moments before he is due to pay off his debt to Guthrie, his estranged wife cleans out his bank account.

ISBN: 
0330361902
Location: 
Perth
Publisher: 
Fremantle Press
Year of Publication: 
2000