Penguin

Fat, Fifty & F***ed

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Martin Carter is having a crook day. His home life's a misery, he's been retrenched by the bank and everyone's forgotten his birthday. But a million-dollar payroll, a pistol, and a split-second decision change everything. Hurtling north on a motorcycle with the intriguing Faith, Martin encounters a mysterious hit-man, a new-age bikie gang, a reclusive media mogul, and the booby-trapped mountain hide-out of an old schoolmate.

Sub Genre: 
Humour
ISBN: 
0143002570
Publisher: 
Penguin

The Diggers Rest Hotel

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

In 1947, two years after witnessing the death of a young Jewish woman in Poland, Charlie Berlin has rejoined the police force a different man. Sent to investigate a spate of robberies in rural Victoria, he soon discovers that World War II has changed even the most ordinary of places and people.

An ex-bomber pilot and former POW, Berlin is struggling to fit back in: grappling with post-traumatic stress disorder, the ghosts of his dead crew and his futile attempts to numb the pain.

Sub Genre: 
Historical
Special Interests: 
World War II
ISBN: 
9780670072736
Location: 
Country NSW
Albury-Wodonga
Country Victoria
Series: 
Charlie Berlin
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
2010

Dead and Kicking

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

When a movie about an Australian war hero takes Alby Murdoch to Vietnam, he discovers that some old soldiers never die and that it's not just the cameras doing the shooting . . .

A job as stills photographer and some top-notch nosh were two good reasons for Alby Murdock to be in Saigon.  The third was that he had to clear out of Sydney and the spy fame for a while.

ISBN: 
9780718105044
Location: 
Canberra
Vietnam
Series: 
Alby Murdoch
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
2008

A Year to Learn a Woman

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Thriller

Claire is a Dunedin freelance writer who is hired by a dodgy lawyer to write a biography of a serial rapist at present in prison. She's wary, but she's a solo mother with a teenage daughter and desperately needs the money. The rapist's very name, Travis Crill, inspires revulsion from everyone she approaches, but despite many warnings she forges on. Crill himself, when she interviews him in prison, is chillingly charming. A rapist?

Special Interests: 
Writer
ISBN: 
9780143010029
Location: 
New Zealand
Dunedin
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
2008

The Bellarmine Jug

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Subversion thrives on turmoil. In Holland to study at the mysterious Grotius Institute, Leon Davies is accosted by a student linked to foreign radicals.

The encounter plunges him into an intrigue which will haunt him for a lifetime - leading finally to his interrogation by a counter-espionage expert who confronts him with evidence gathered in Australia.

The questions probe deep. Doubts, fears, myths, betrayals, utopian illusions, are all relentlessly exposed, then stripped away.

ISBN: 
0140072527
Location: 
Holland
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
1984

Tirra Lirra By the River

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

For Nora Porteous, life is a series of escapes. To escape her tightly knit small-town family, she marries, only to find herself confined again, this time in a stifling Sydney suburb with a selfish, sanctimonious husband.

With a courage born of desperation and sustained by a spirited sense of humor, Nora travels to London, and it is there that she becomes the woman she wants to be. Or does she?

Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
1987

The Last Man's Head

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Detective Alec Probyn has his enemies too. His recent stand on police violence has led to his being suspended from duty.

He has a growing suspicion that a vicious crime is about to be committed. All the more disturbing as the suspect and victim are both members of his own family.

How can Probyn prevent this crime and its shattering consequences? In the savage resolution he discovers that his anti-violent stand has not magically cancelled out the violence in himself.

Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
1987

The Commandant

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

In the 1830s, the penal settlement of Moreton Bay on the Brisbane River is under the command of Patrick Logan. His administration has been denounced by the liberal press of Sydney, but he scorns such criticism.

How can it harm him when he had governed according to the rules? Flogged and brutalised, some convicts escape to the bush and take refuge with the Aborigines. Logan cannot continue to ignore the reaction to his harsh discipline after the arrival of his wife's younger sister, Frances.

Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
1988

An Ordinary Lunacy

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

When David Byfield sees Isobel for the first time at a party, he decides that he has fallen in love with her. An attractive and successful lawyer, David is being groomed for a political career; his experience with love and intimacy, however, is limited.

"Months after the party, Isobel's alcoholic husband is found dead in their shabby apartment, an apparent suicide. Then Isobel is accused of his murder and David steps up to defend her as both lawyer and friend. But Isobel's case is more than he bargained for... "

Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
1987