Unless you've been ignoring my ramblings, you may not be aware of how blown away I was by El Dorado. I doubt it's a book I will forget in a long long time - luckily. I also haven't put it away on the shelves - it sits where I can pick it up occasionally and re-read a little bit. It's a stunningly good book. And himself recently read it - after Dorothy's session at the Crime & Justice Festival, he started reading the book in between sessions, and promptly finished it in the following days. His comments recently posted can be read on dev/random(link is external).
There is a serial child killer stalking the streets of Melbourne.
The victims are killed gently, lovingly, a gold mark traced on their forehead.
This killer doesn't hate children. This killer believes in childhood innocence at any cost.
Unflinching and morally uncompromising, El Dorado is the story of a friendship under siege, and the very long shadows that jealousy and betrayal can cast. It is both a complex thriller and a compelling reading experience from Australia's maverick and most versatile poet.