Crosstown Traffic by Robert HoodFive Islands Press (1993), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 229 pages [Our New Books - LibraryThing]

Spies, lies and watching eyes by Melissa Chan(link is external) - Melbourne : Artemis, 1995. [Our New Books - LibraryThing(link is external)]

Case Reopened (Allen & Unwin original fiction) by Stuart Coupe(link is external) - Allen & Unwin (1993), Paperback, 272 pages [Our New Books - LibraryThing(link is external)]


One of the things that I really love about specialised second-hand bookshops is tracking down short story collections.  These three books were real little gems gleaned at the fabulous Kill City in Melbourne during our Crime & Justice Festival weekend.  So many of these collections give you glimpses into the early days of some of our fabulous writers.  Mind you, they also tend to show you what we're missing out on - with fabulous writers who never were published.

Either way - I was really pleased to come across these 3 little gems.


Twelve adventurous Australian writers respond to the challenge of creating a hybrid crime story. Murder, mayhem and malice intercept with science fiction, fantasy, horror, western, fairy tale and romance writing to create an unholy miasma, the likes of which you have never encountered before.

Expect the unexpected. Prepare for the confrontation. The crime fiction story has been invaded by marauding genres. The boundaries have been blurred. You have been warned. A cross genre crime anthology featuring Australia's best writers of crime playing with genre boundaries. There's some SF, Fantasy, Horror, Magic Realism.

Authors include Garry Disher, Marele Day, Robert Wallace, Jean Bedford, Peter Corris, Terry Dowling, and others.


  • Introduction - Stuart Coupe
  • The Kid and the Man from Pinkertons - Marele Day
  • My Brother Jack -  Garry Disher
  • Finding Fire - Jean Bedford
  • And Then She Kissed Him  - Steve Wright
  • Voyeur Night - Robert Hood
  • Arizona Dawn - Peter Corris
  • Blue Groper - Robert Wallace
  • The Big Fairy Tale Sleep - Domenic Cadden
  • Fear-Me-Now - Terry Dowling
  • I Am My Father's Daughter - Bill Congreve
  • I Am Dying Egypt, Dying - Kerry Greenwood
  • Sensible Shoes - Jan McKemmish
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A series of real cases investigated by Australian crime writers who were asked to take a famous Australian murder or mystery - and solve it!   Have they really stumbled onto new information, or are their speculations merely fiction?

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