I’m a writer based in Melbourne, Australia, with a fascination for crime fiction and film, obscure pulp novels and all things Asian. I lived in Southeast Asia for six years in the nineties, based in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, as well as traveling around the wider region. During that time, I worked as a journalist, and as a communications consultant for the United Nations and a number of non-government organisations. I have since travelled frequently in Asia and lived in Phnom Penh with my family for a year in 2008, where I wrote for the international news wire, Inter Press Service, and worked on a European television documentary on the international tribunal into the crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge. My first book, Ghost Money, set in Cambodia in the mid-nineties, will be published in the second half of 2012 by Snubnose Press. I’m one of the founders of Crime Factory Publications, a Melbourne-based small press specialising in crime fiction, and help edit Crime Factory, its on-line magazine, which appears four times a year. I am also one of the editors of Crime Factory Publication’s second book, Crime Factory: Hard Labour, an anthology of short Australian crime fiction, due for release in August 2012. My film and book reviews have appeared in numerous other print and digital publications and forums. I’m the Australian contributor for the popular UK site, Crime Fiction Lover. for more: http://www.pulpcurry.com/about-pulp-curry/
A heist thriller set in Queensland, Melbourne and Thailand. Think Richard Stark's Parker, Garry Disher's Wyatt, and Wallace Stroby's Crissa Stone. Add a touch of Surfers Paradise sleaze and a very dangerous stopover in Asia.
Gary Chance is a former Australian army driver, ex-bouncer and thief. His latest job sees him in Queensland working for Dennis Curry, an aging Surfers Paradise standover man. Curry runs off-site, non-casino poker games, and wants to rob one of his best customers, a high roller called Frederick 'Freddie' Gao.
While the job may seem straightforward, Curry's crew is anything but. Frank Dormer is a secretive former Australian soldier turned private security contractor. Sophia Lekakis is a highly-strung receptionist at the hotel where Gao stays when he visits Surfers. Amber is Curry's attractive female housemate and part of the lure for Gao. Chance knows he can't trust anyone, but nothing prepares him for what unfolds when Curry's plan goes wrong.