John Dale grew up in Tasmania, having been born in Sydney. He has since returned to Sydney and worked in the Attorney General's Department, taught writing at university and worked as a doorman.
Author of the acclaimed crime expose, Huckstepp, John Dale Skilfully turns his pen to an intriguing blend of mystery, travel and memoir. Stunningly imagined, Dale re-creates the life and death of his grandfather. At 7a.m. on 16 May 1942 forty-year-old Harvey Malcolm was found in the front seat of his Chevrolet parked outside a young woman's house in Launceston with a bullet wound in his left temple and a .22 calibre rifle lying across his knees. Was it murder or suicide? Sixty-two years later his grandson returns to Tasmania to investigate the unsolved death. What he discovers is a remarkable story. Set in Hobart, New Orleans and New York during the late 1930s, Wild Life is a rich and satisfying blend of mystery, travel and memoir.