A body in a billabong...

The bridegroom who disappears on his wedding day...

A murderer for all the right reasons...

The Australian thriller tradition is rich and some of the early examples almost completely unknown. This collection, selected by Stephen Knight, unearths nuggets of dynamic drama from our archives of crime writing - including writers like Arthur Conan Doyle, Ernest Favenc, Alan Michaelis, Barbara Baynton right up to Peter Corris and Jennifer Rowe.

Chosen from hundreds that once fascinated the large local reading public, the stories in Dead Witness reveal the intriguing variety of Australian mystery writing.


Stephen Knight

1940- Born in the UK, Stephen Knight came to Australia when he was appointed Teaching Fellow at the University of Sydney in 1963, then lecturer in English the following the year.  He went on to hold senior positions at the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne, before returning to England in 1992 to take up a chair at De Montford University, Leicester. As well as numerous scholarly works in the area of medieval English literature, Knight's long held interest in crime fiction led him to him editing several anthologies of Australian crime stories. He was awarded the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

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