Peter Doyle

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 - THE BIG WHATEVER, Peter Doyle

Author Information
Book Title: 
The Big Whatever
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
9781891241444
Series: 
Billy Glasheen
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Historical
Social Commentary
Location: 
Sydney
Publisher: 
Dark Passage
Year of Publication: 
2015

The Big Whatever

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

When it comes to sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll, Billy Glasheen’s always been in the vanguard, but as the swinging 60s turn into the 70s, he’s living a quiet life. He has kids now, and he’s in debt to the mob, so he keeps his head down, driving a cab, running some low-level rackets. He may as well have gone straight, it’s so boring. Then one day everything changes. He finds a trashy paperback in his cab whose plot seems weirdly familiar. Billy himself seems to be a major character in it.

ISBN: 
9781891241444
Location: 
Sydney
Series: 
Billy Glasheen
Publisher: 
Dark Passage
Verse Chorus
Year of Publication: 
2015

The Devil's Jump

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

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.

Sub Genre: 
Historical
ISBN: 
0091841968
Location: 
Sydney
Series: 
Billy Glasheen
Publisher: 
Arrow
Year of Publication: 
2001

Amaze Your Friends

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

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.

ISBN: 
0091836565
Location: 
East Timor
Portugal
Series: 
Billy Glasheen
Publisher: 
Random House Australia
Year of Publication: 
1998

Peter Doyle

Author Information
Doyle, Peter

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.

CROOKS LIKE US - Peter Doyle

Author Information
Book Title: 
Crooks Like Us
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
9781876991340
Categorisation
Category: 
True Crime
Special Interests: 
Photographic
Publisher: 
The Historic Houses Trust
Year of Publication: 
2009