AustCrimeFiction - All Posts https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/rss.xml en Shamus Dust: Hard Winter. Cold War. Cool Murder, Janet Roger https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/shamus-dust-hard-winter-cold-war-cool-murder-janet-roger <div data-history-node-id="14824" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Shamus Dust: Hard Winter. Cold War. Cool Murder, Janet Roger </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, November 12, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>SHAMUS DUST: HARD WINTER, COLD WAR. COOL MURDER by Janet Roger is set in 1947, in London as it recovers from the destruction and devastation of war. There is bomb damage everywhere, people are struggling with deprivation and loss; and yet the murder of a pimp, shot dead at a local church, is causing shock waves. American Private Investigator, Newman, receives a call from a local Councillor on Christmas Morning, with a vague request to check out an incident at one of the many properties the client owns in the area, which soon becomes Newman's full-blown investigation of a murder, leading to another murder, and another.</p> <p>That first dead man, is a local pimp with a sideline in compromising photo blackmail, so needless to say nobody seems all that disappointed that he was shot to death on that freezing Christmas morning. Newman's suspicious of the nurse who found his body, but a missing university professor and his assistant, a male sex worker, an abusive father and the daughter who befriends Newman; as well as plenty of other potential complications soon have Newman digging deep into a very sordid and complex part of London society.</p> <p>The style of SHAMUS DUST is firmly old-school noir, with an interesting juxtaposition of what's very much a hat-tip to Chandler and Hammett in construction and feel, set in deprived, dark and dodgy London. Because of this readers might notice the inclusion of American terminology within an English environment, which makes sense given the central protagonist's American background - although why or how he ended up in London I must have missed.</p> <p>I feel quite comfortable in excusing myself for missing some of these finer details or snippets as this author does a very good job at wrong-footing the reader. Motive's that start out seemingly pretty straight-forward, shape shift before your eyes into something considerably more complicated, the pace is relentlessly forward moving, even with this being a longer book than one would normally expect in classic noir circles. There is also a wonderfully dry, acerbic sense of humour at points, one that felt slightly unexpected from an American character, but perfect within the English setting. The language employed here is, for the most part, vivid and pointed, perfectly aligned with the masters of noir, with just the occasional slip into too much style over substance where the meaning gets a little drowned out by hyperbole.</p> <p>Assured, clever, dark and elegantly delivered SHAMUS DUST is one for fans of noir styled fiction. It is an interesting undertaking with the execution of noir stylings in a non-standard setting; combined with the insertion of an American lone wolf detective in a desperate and struggling London. Doesn't hurt that the action takes place in the seedy underbelly that current day follower's of British high society might recognise still.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--2"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14791" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--2"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/shamus-dust"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/SHAMUS%20DUST%20cover%20-%20high-res.jpg?itok=DHZQGM9Y" width="141" height="220" alt="Shamus Dust" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/janet-roger" hreflang="en">Janet Roger</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781838590437</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1699" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--3"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Two candles flaring at a Christmas crib. A nurse who steps inside a church to light them. A gunshot emptied in a man’s head in the creaking stillness before dawn, that the nurse says she didn’t hear. It’s 1947 in the snowbound, war-scarred City of London, where Pandora’s Box just got opened in the ruins, City Police has a vice killing on its hands, and a spooked councilor hires a shamus to help spare his blushes. Like the Buddha says, everything is connected. So it all can be explained. But that’s a little cryptic when you happen to be the shamus, and you’re standing over a corpse.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2319" hreflang="en">#terroraustralis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4821" hreflang="en">Janet Roger</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4850" hreflang="en">Shamus Dust: Hard Winter. 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Cool Murder, Janet Roger</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, November 12, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14824&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="rU1ERvLynK27dCj_SIMF-ZMPHKrBfo_n6XmT_YyoSwk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 12 Nov 2019 09:04:27 +0000 Karen 14824 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/shamus-dust-hard-winter-cold-war-cool-murder-janet-roger#comments Snake Island, Ben Hobson https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/snake-island-ben-hobson-0 <div data-history-node-id="14823" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--4"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Snake Island, Ben Hobson </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/85"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Gordon Duncan</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/gdunc44" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:gdn_dn@internode.on.net" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Wednesday, November 6, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span>‘Vernon shifted his weight in the seat. He didn’t want violence. Just an audience. Just a sit-down, man to man, with Ernie. He wouldn’t even bring the gun in. Just the kid.’</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Everyone has at least one hilarious family portrait. In my family’s case it’s a photo of my father, my two younger siblings and myself. Why is this one hilarious, for a start we’re all in Pipe Band uniform and my father is the only one of us who’s smiling. Looks of abject misery is how I would describe the faces of my brother and sister. Me, I just look glaikit. So what has this to do with Ben Hobson’s second novel <em>Snake Island</em>, you may ask? The photo was most likely taken before the Tarra Festival parade in Yarram, a parade which takes place every Easter Saturday. Snake Island is set in a fictional version of Yarram and a parade is a key part of the conclusion of the novel. More importantly, it's also a portrait of families, the individuals within and the effect that each generation has on the next. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em>Snake Island</em> was a singularly rare treat for me. I’ve lived in Gippsland almost all of my life and until now I’ve never read a novel wholly set in Gippsland, albeit a fictionalised version, and not only that, it’s set in a part of Gippsland which I love to visit on a regular basis. Location is of course just one part of a novel, the landscape on which the story is painted, and in the case of <em>Snake Island </em>it’s the story which makes it a very satisfying novel. It centres around two families who both live outside of the township of Newbury. The Moores who live in Port Napier, a nearby coastal town, and the Cahills who live in the bush, well away from any prying eyes who might disturb their dope growing enterprise. In portraying these two families Ben Hobson looks at the effect that two negative male traits can have on subsequent generations. Vernon Moore is a Vietnam Vet who is prone to long periods of silence and absence, that lack of communication eventually leads to his son Caleb being jailed for assaulting his partner. Ernie Cahill knows how to dish out violence, even to his adult sons, and when his oldest son Brendan decides that Caleb should be physically punished for his actions it’s sets off a chain of events which leads to a violent and devasting conclusion. There are two other crucial characters in <em>Snake Island</em>, Sidney Cahill, the youngest of Ernie’s sons and perhaps the most important character in the book, and Sharon Wornkin, the local police sergeant whose own history of family violence leads to her turning a blind eye to Ernie’s endeavours.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em>Snake Island</em> is not only a thoroughly satisfying novel to read it is also a vital lesson on how we should communicate with each other, how we should be aware of what our actions say to each other and finally how we should learn from the past, because if we don’t our mistakes are not only repeated they sometimes become worse.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Note: Glaikit is a Scottish word meaning stupid, foolish or thoughtless. Given the pipe band reference I couldn't resist using it.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--5"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14711" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--7"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/snake-island"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/snake-island.jpg?itok=brPfA8a7" width="144" height="220" alt="Snake Island" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/ben-hobson" hreflang="en">Ben Hobson</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781760527235</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1699" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--8"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Vernon and Penelope Moore never want to see their son Caleb again. Not after he hit his wife and ended up in gaol. A lifetime of careful parental love wiped out in a moment.</p> <p>But when retired teacher Vernon hears that Caleb is being regularly visited and savagely bashed by a local criminal as the police stand by, he knows he has to act. What has his life been as a father if he turns his back on his son in his hour of desperate need? He realises with shame that he has failed Caleb. But no longer.</p> <p>The father of the man bashing Caleb is head of a violent crime family. The town lives in fear of him but Vernon is determined to fix things in a civilised way, father to father. If he shows respect, he reasons, it will be reciprocated. But how wrong he is. </p> <p>And what hell has he brought down on his family?</p> <p>Reading like a morality tale Western but in a starkly beautiful Australian setting, Snake Island is a propulsive literary thriller written with great clarity and power. It will take you to the edge and keep you there long after the final page is turned. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/3571" hreflang="en">#australia</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--6"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--6--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--6--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--6--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-0173ae6d93dc98f6cad5ef02ed25e44a88c01bb9292882a8327b441af65430d6"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/snake-island-ben-hobson-0" hreflang="en">Snake Island, Ben Hobson</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/85"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Gordon Duncan</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Wednesday, November 6, 2019 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/snake-island-ben-hobson" hreflang="en">Snake Island, Ben Hobson</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Sunday, August 18, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14823&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="utMx1kVToLmTKsYGO4QtN0Z-g3Al8ViIpTgZOVE2nbQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Wed, 06 Nov 2019 05:12:18 +0000 Gordon Duncan 14823 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/snake-island-ben-hobson-0#comments This Mortal Boy, Dame Fiona Kidman https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/mortal-boy-dame-fiona-kidman <div data-history-node-id="14821" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--7"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> This Mortal Boy, Dame Fiona Kidman </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Wednesday, November 6, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Every year the Ngaio Marsh Awards for New Zealand Crime Fiction include something that makes this reader marvel at the depth and quality of work coming out of that country. Dame Fiona Kidman came to THIS MORTAL BOY as (paraphrasing her own words) an accidental crime writer, but she has form in the central concept, where she has often recreated the past of characters, developing a fictional story based on true events or people. THIS MORTAL BOY is just such an undertaking. </p> <p>Albert Black was the second last person executed in New Zealand, and I believe I saw somewhere that Kidman came across his story after talking to a witness to the events that lead to his conviction (this occurred in the mid 1950's). Black was Irish, born to a desperately poor family, an immigrant to New Zealand in search of prospects and a better life. Kidman takes readers back to Black's childhood in Ireland, and most tellingly gives us a glimpse into his families anguish at the conviction and the prospect of his execution. The novel concentrates on the story of Albert Black however, so we don't get the same sort of insight into the victim Alan Keith Jacques (aka Johnny McBride). Working backwards and forwards through the past and Black's life in New Zealand, Kidman seamlessly, tellingly, compellingly, draws a picture of a young man on the cusp of life who made the sorts of choices, and therefore mistakes, that many make. </p> <p>Kidman has pulled off one of those forms of novel where a true story is woven into a fictional account that doesn't play fast and loose with the truth or the ultimate outcome. A fight over a girl, leading to Black's decision to arm himself with a knife, after which an encounter with the same man who beat him the night before, turned into a single knife blow that killed his rival in love and Albert Black was ultimately executed. The build up to this event provides real insight into a febrile society. Post war, social change had arrived in New Zealand, and young people, in particular are very different. The free love, drugs and rock and roll 1960's are on the horizon, whilst 1950's bodgies and widgies subculture was thriving. The tensions around the "generation gap" were starting to be felt and there was an overwhelming belief that the younger generation were out of control. Needless to say it's a heady mix for a young Irishman from a deprived background to land into. The opportunities that present themselves on his arrival in Auckland are almost too much for him to handle, and the smack in the head that is falling in love, sends him spiralling into some really bad decision making. </p> <p>Somewhere in all of this, the line between fiction and fact becomes blurred in a manner that readers unaware of all the facts of Albert Black's crimes will be hard-pressed to pick. Kidman uses a series of letters from prison, accounts of final visits with friends and switching timelines and places to draw out a story of an immensely vulnerable young man in a time that's not best suited to understanding and forgiveness. In particularly heart-breaking fashion we also see the affects of his crime, trial and punishment on his mother. Back in Ireland, desperate to get to her son, to understand what has gone so horribly wrong, the portrayal of this woman is moving. You're left considering the ease with which young men do stupid things, a sneaking suspicion that murder was too harsh a decision, and the anguish of that mother and her belief in her son; in stark contrast to comments attributed to NZ Attorney General, John Marshall, "... we could do without these deplorable migrants". Readers have no option but to pause and consider if this is really what he said, what were the implications of that attitude on the trial and sentence?</p> <p>THIS MORTAL BOY is sensitively written, beautifully constructed, considered and well balanced. It carefully delivers a number of points for the reader to contemplate - lack of compassion, lack of understanding of peer pressure, overt political interference in the judicial system, and the finality of capital punishment. It's not, however, a novel that shouts moral conclusions from the rafters. Rather it lays out the story of two young men who make stupid decisions, who lack self-control and wisdom and end up in an awful place. Whether or not they both deserved to die for this is left to the reader to consider, as is the role of the state and the judiciary when it comes to careful and cautious consideration of the facts, and the right to compassion and clear moral leadership.  Needless to say, THIS MORTAL BOY, is a mighty undertaking and a very worthy Ngaio Marsh Award Winner. </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--8"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="2004" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--12"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/mortal-boy"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/mortal-boy.jpg?itok=t1naJ1-A" width="144" height="220" alt="This Mortal Boy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/fiona-kidman" hreflang="en">Fiona Kidman</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9780143771807</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--13"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>An utterly compelling recreation of the events that led to one of the last executions in New Zealand.</p> <p>Albert Black, known as the 'jukebox killer', was only twenty when he was convicted of murdering another young man in a fight at a milk bar in Auckland on 26 July 1955. His crime fuelled growing moral panic about teenagers, and he was to hang less than five months later, the second-to-last person to be executed in New Zealand.</p> <p>But what really happened? Was this a love crime, was it a sign of juvenile delinquency? Or was this dark episode in our recent history more about our society's reaction to outsiders?</p> <p>Black's final words, as the hangman covered his head, were, 'I wish you all a merry Christmas, gentlemen, and a prosperous New Year.' This is his story. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2388" hreflang="en">#yeahnoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/21" hreflang="en">New Zealand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4849" hreflang="en">This Mortal Boy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/766" hreflang="en">Fiona Kidman</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--9"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--9--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--9--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--9--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-1fb3f1ec034ea88fcc412e09c10cf9d8dd952a408e9b0cfa4b733e5669e41e81"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/mortal-boy-dame-fiona-kidman" hreflang="en">This Mortal Boy, Dame Fiona Kidman</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Wednesday, November 6, 2019 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/2019-ngaio-marsh-awards-longlist" hreflang="en">2019 Ngaio Marsh Awards Longlist</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Thursday, June 13, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" 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field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Wednesday, October 30, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>TUNNEL VISION is the follow up novel to PERFECT CRIMINALS which unleashed Danny Clay and his neighbour, friend, sidekick, he would / if she would romantic interest, Zan on the world. Danny's an ex-army sapper, now scriptwriter, veteran of many battles - in war and peace. Zan's the daughter of Vietnamese refugees in Australia - she comes with highly specialised food finding skills and a lack of extensive spoken Vietnamese. She is, however, very good in the role of faithful sidekick capable of launching a bit of a kicking (even if it's frequently mostly verbal). Needless to say this second outing for these two maintains the pace, the slightly crazy brave stuff, and an interesting plot set mostly in Vietnam this time.</p> <p>Neither of these novels are particularly serious, although the central plot points veer that way on occasion. Both of these novels are also possibly best read in order - the backgrounds of the two central characters are pivotal to "getting them", and the events in Los Angeles that see them scurrying Vietnam way probably need explaining otherwise TUNNEL VISION might drive you a little bit bats at points. Not bats enough to let it stop you if getting the first novel under your belt is an issue. </p> <p>This really is a lively, fun series, relying heavily on the characters of Danny and Zan and their interactions. They are great friends, and because of that you can't help but think that the possibility of romance between them that occasionally rears it's head could make things get ugly. You'd hate to think that a romantic bust up would be the end of such a great crime fiction partnership - obviously one on the manic, fun side of the equation.</p> <p>The setting for TUNNEL VISION is mostly Vietnam, although Zan does find herself back in Australia at one point, and the supporting cast of characters is a nice mix of locals, and a few ex-army types who never lost their connection to the country post the Vietnam War. There's also a decidedly dodgy senior official, a missing young girl, a body in a canal and the uncomfortable possibility of a very annoyed sun bear somewhere in the city. There's a lot of eating, there's a lot of spying and following people around, and what starts out as Danny and Zan trying to help out an old army mate of his, rapidly gets them involved in the mysterious death of the woman found in the canal, and how on earth it could be connected to the disappearance of a young girl - the daughter of another local government representative.</p> <p>Good plot, great characters and a very realistic feeling setting, combined with a dry, laid back style of delivery, the Danny Clay series is one worth looking out for.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--11"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14549" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--17"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/tunnel-vision"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/tunnel-vision.jpg?itok=0FPL4uOd" width="143" height="220" alt="Tunnel Vision" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/jimmy-thomson" hreflang="en">Jimmy Thomson</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">B07FSNXFP5</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2496" hreflang="en">Danny Clay</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-number-in-series- field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Number (in series)</div> <div class="field--item">2</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--18"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Chaos seems to follow Danny and Zan.</p> <p>After narrowly avoiding a sticky end in Los Angeles, they escape to Vietnam to help out an old army mate of Danny's and explore a new TV-writing project. But soon they become entangled in a web of mysteries: their friend is being poisoned, a government official's daughter has disappeared, a mysterious body has been found in a canal, and there's a bloodthirsty sun bear somewhere in the city.</p> <p>It all seems to revolve around one powerful man, and he has Danny and Zan in his sights. They've got to get on the front foot if they're going to walk out of this mess.</p> <p>Tunnel Vision sees fever-pitched adventure collide with sharply witty, pacey dialogue as Danny Clay and his (almost) faithful sidekick navigate the corrupt world lurking beneath Saigon's crowded streets. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2319" 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https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/tunnel-vision-jimmy-thomson#comments Bone China, Laura Purcell https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/bone-china-laura-purcell <div data-history-node-id="14808" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--13"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Bone China, Laura Purcell </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/voyagersaus" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:andrea@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Thursday, October 24, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>It becomes necessary for Hester Why to take advantage of a well-timed employment opportunity when it presents itself to her.  Arriving at remote Morvoren House to take the position of nurse and ladies maid, Hester is somewhat horrified to learn that her new charge is a partially paralysed elderly woman who is almost entirely mute.  It may be a lovely house but the location is not, and the staff seem frankly odd to Hester, who once served in another fine house before being forced to flee in shame.  Hester was once Esther, and the re-invention of Hester’s past means that she can never be entirely comfortable in her new position. What might be revealed from a casual comment, a momentary lapse in her own attention?  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Miss Pinecroft has lived in Morvoren House since childhood, under the dubious care of a live-in maid who, in Hester’s opinion, has filled the heads of all in the house with all sorts of nonsense. Local lore is strong with legends of fairy folk who must be appeased at all costs, chance they take their revenge by stealing the souls of maidens and children.  A room full of bone china (have you ever given any thoughts as to why it is called that precisely – perhaps its best that you don’t) is the focal point of the house, and Miss Pinecroft is convinced she must keep watch of the collection - at all times.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Forty years earlier, the horror of consumption takes almost everything away from Louise Pinecroft that she holds dear.  Louise’s father was unable to save his son and wife from the disease, and the knowledge of this failing has driven Dr Pinecroft to make finding a cure his life’s mission.  Dr Pinecroft is convinced that over nurturing the afflicted was part of the problem, and that the moist sea air of the Cornish coast will be instrumental in treating a handful of men assigned to his care from a local prison.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Gothic mysteries need to tick a lot of boxes for anyone who has read in this genre before.  It is incredibly easy for ‘tone’ to be lost and for modern sensibilities to slip in and pollute a Victorian narrative. Think ‘iron hand in a velvet glove’ when you are reading gothics as they can be incredibly dark and sinister in intent, as pretty as they may appear on the surface.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>English author Laura Purcell’s first book, The Silent Companions, was the Victorian gothic injection that crime and mystery readers never knew was needed before its release back in 2018.   <strong>Bone China</strong> shows the same grace and authenticity, never steering into the stormy waters of melodrama that can often create something more garish than subtle in a genre that requires considerable descriptive restraint. <strong>Bone China </strong>rachets up the tension by underplaying rather than overplaying what it reveals about its characters.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The real horror of this book is not the mysterious happenings occurring inside the house, but rather the amount of misinformation and quackery being practiced on the male sufferers of ‘consumption’ (tuberculosis) who are patients in the caves near the house.  Purcell presents her characters sympathetically but does present their choices in such a way that the reader is left to lay their judgements where they best see fit. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Bone China</strong> is a carefully constructed work that is extremely effective at creating a close trapped atmosphere, wrapping the intrigue up tightly in the layers of restraint and civility that were practiced at that time.  <strong>Bone China</strong> does not deviate too far with its sub plots, and it is felt that more could have been explored with the supernatural aspects of the china and its historical production.  The notion that very real ills could be overturned by fanciful beliefs and the observation of long held customs is such an incredibly tragic aspect of <strong>Bone China</strong>. Without disclosing the ending, on reflection, the conclusion is that it could not have gone any other way.  Set in an era known for what is not said, rather than what is said, <strong>Bone China</strong> delivers an oppressive and unsettling tale of isolation and re-invention in a time determined to outrun its legacy of disease.  </span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--14"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14807" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--22"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/bone-china-laura-purcell"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/bone%20china%20cover.jpg?itok=uzd1e9mt" width="133" height="220" alt="Mostly white cover, Victorian child with doll" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/laura-purcell" hreflang="en">Laura Purcell</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781526602527 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1699" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--23"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Consumption has ravaged Louise Pinecroft's family, leaving her and her father alone and heartbroken.<br /><br /> But Dr Pinecroft has plans for a revolutionary experiment: convinced that sea air will prove to be the cure his wife and children needed, he arranges to house a group of prisoners suffering from the same disease in the cliffs beneath his new Cornish home.<br /><br /> Forty years later, Hester Why arrives at Morvoren House to take up a position as nurse to the now partially paralysed and almost entirely mute Miss Pinecroft. Hester has fled to Cornwall to try and escape her past, but surrounded by superstitious staff enacting bizarre rituals, she soon discovers that her new home may be just as dangerous as her last…</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4840" hreflang="en">#2019. #gothic</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4681" hreflang="en">#mystery</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4841" hreflang="en">#Victorian</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--15"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--15--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" 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<section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14808&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="HjtNtDMuQOqp9f4AO1950zI7wSYHDThtFCcH_GNhWs4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Thu, 24 Oct 2019 10:47:29 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14808 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/bone-china-laura-purcell#comments The Girl Who Lived Twice, David Lagercrantz https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/girl-who-lived-twice-david-lagercrantz <div data-history-node-id="14805" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--16"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The Girl Who Lived Twice, David Lagercrantz </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/voyagersaus" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:andrea@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Thursday, October 24, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Mikael Blomkvist has good reason to worry about his friend Lisbeth Salander.  Blomkvist has repeatedly been saved by the actions of Salander, so is fully aware of what the enigmatic I.T. genius is capable of when it comes to the crunch.  Concerned that Lisbeth may be intending to pursue those who have repeatedly come after them both in the past, rather than slip away safely into anonymity, the reporter is finding it hard not to operate at his previous active investigation pace and is perhaps more receptive than usual to the possibility of a new diversion. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Blomkvist receives a unexpected call from a coroner about an unidentified street dweller who may have been someone that Blomkvist had once crossed paths with.  Blomkvist is intrigued to find out that the deceased was once a Sherpa guide working on Everest, part of a famously ill-fated climb that resulted in the death of one of its most inexperienced expeditioners.  It was after this tragic climb that the life of the mountain guide spiralled into a vortex of mental illness and homelessness.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Lisbeth indeed cannot let go and is keeping close tabs on her Machiavellian sister and those who are blindly willing to do her bidding.  Nothing terrifies Lisbeth more than inaction and it is with this in mind that she is compelled to continually surveil the shadow people who are caught up in Camilla’s deadly circle of murder and criminal activity.  Keeping a sharp electronic eye on Blomkvist also, Lisbeth has always known who will take priority when both Camilla and Blomkvist are demanding her attention.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Make no mistake, the most compelling reason to pick up <strong>THE GIRL WHO LIVED TWICE</strong> is to catch up with what the endlessly fascinating Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are both up to.  These compelling characters have seamlessly made the transition from creator to legacy holder, in that David Lagercrantz has now written a further three books since the original author of the series, Stieg Larsson, passed away.   Readers hardly blinked at picking up book four, and Lagercrantz continues to populate Larsson’s world with the kind of villains that nightmares are made of plus convincingly depict a world where no criminals can escape the efforts of the master computer hackers determined to expose them.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The reader is going to need to keep sharp with the reading of <strong>THE GIRL WHO LIVED TWICE</strong>, as the Everest plot line is quite complicated and doubles back on itself as incrementally more is revealed about the relationships between those who chose to make the fateful climb.  Reading about Sherpas and their unique capability to function in high altitude and low oxygen environments was very interesting and this is the first time I’ve encountered Sherpas in fiction. This is a Euro thriller so the cross-nation politics of commerce are again an integral part of the plot, and there are huge potential losses of both face and reputation to some powerful people as long ago covered up cowardly actions are brought to light.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>These books continue to be enjoyable rides into some very dark corners of the internet, though there is less techwhiz for Salander to wow us with in this sixth outing of the Millennium series. Also, very little of the newspaper is mentioned here also, though its Editor, Erika Berger, makes a brief appearance. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The ability of both Blomkvist and Salander to take a hell of a kicking, and somehow survive to see another day of hunting bad guys, is as always a heck of a stretch but then if they were true to life, both of them would have laid down and given up a long time ago.  <strong>THE GIRL WHO LIVED TWICE</strong> is another solid read in a series that has become quite dear to those who like their crime both clever and vicious, and their victories both redemptive and hard-won. </span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--17"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14804" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--27"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/girl-who-lived-twice-david-lagercrantz"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/the%20girl%20who%20lived%20twice.jpg?itok=roTv4sLN" width="141" height="220" alt="Red writing female character in silhouette" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/david-lagercrantz" hreflang="en">David Lagercrantz</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-translator field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Translator</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4835" hreflang="en">George Goulding</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9780857056375</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1699" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4834" hreflang="en">Millenium</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-number-in-series- field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Number (in series)</div> <div class="field--item">6</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--28"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Lisbeth Salander's mentor and protector Holger Palmgren is dead, and she has been gone from Stockholm since his funeral. All summer, Mikael Blomkvist has been plagued by the fear that Salander's enemies will come after her.</p> <p>He should, perhaps, be more concerned for himself.</p> <p>In the pocket of an unidentified homeless man, who died with the name of a Swedish government minister on his lips, the police find a list of telephone numbers. Among them, the contact for <em>Millennium</em> magazine and the investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Following the scorched trail of her twin sister Camilla to Moscow, Salander nevertheless continues to watch over her old friend. Soon Blomkvist will need her help. But first, she has an old score to settle; and fresh outrage to avenge.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4836" hreflang="en">#2019. #eurofiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4719" hreflang="en">#thriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4837" hreflang="en">#Millenium</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4838" hreflang="en">#Lagercrantz</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4832" hreflang="en">#series</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--18"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--18--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--18--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--18--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-300619d3ea1bc5f082767a7d35bf6c754b5cebfb11681593c0c8577dbb2722b2"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/girl-who-lived-twice-david-lagercrantz" hreflang="en">The Girl Who Lived Twice, David Lagercrantz</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Thursday, October 24, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14805&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="j73ZxlYMWTFbgfsfzSRUVVLL62ZUBVN_4OKRZ67d2JM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Thu, 24 Oct 2019 06:48:02 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14805 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/girl-who-lived-twice-david-lagercrantz#comments Silver, Chris Hammer https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/silver-chris-hammer <div data-history-node-id="14803" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--19"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Silver, Chris Hammer </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/voyagersaus" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:andrea@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, October 22, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>With SCRUBLANDS we had the bush, with <strong>SILVER </strong>we have the sea. It will be interesting to see if Hammer’s next book is set in a grotty city capital, just to complete the trifecta of the Australian way of living.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>SILVER</strong> is set in a coastal town that is struggling to stay relevant and facing the need to effect radical changes to be able to keep the local population employed and the tourist dollars coming in.  The small town conundrum of everyone knowing everyone applies, and you are either comfortable with that level of familiarity or you find it hideously oppressive.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Mandalay Blonde (as lovely as her name suggests) has inherited property in the town of Port Silver.  Her new boyfriend, journalist Martin Scarsden was certain he’d never visit the miserable streets of his childhood ever again but there you have it, life sometimes chucks you right back to where you started.  It some ways it is like Martin has never left, and there’s long memories in the community of the tragedy that destroyed the Scarsden family so long ago. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Discovering the body of an old school friend in the house that Mandy has rented for them, Martin’s journalistic instincts take no time at all in kicking back in.  The police seem to like the idea of a newcomer being a murderer, so it’s up to Martin once again to skirt around what’s moral and what’s fine reportage in order to not only save the girl but save the town from itself.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>There is a retreat on the edge of the clifftops that attracts the rich and famous to its promise of freedom from conventions, only it seems that a little chemical assistance and political pot boiling may be the tools engaged for the modern age.   Old scores never settled and the floodgates of new grief send the town into a fresh vortex of hasty cover ups, anger and volatile suspicion.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This is richly descriptive writing without the weight of unnecessary words; Hammer has the knack of putting his character’s observations down in such a way that we might find ourselves wondering why no one has ever described something in just that fashion before eg ‘her perfume polite’. Simple, but very effective, and the reader knows instantly and exactly what is being conveyed to them.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Australian author and journalist Chris Hammer writes within a recognizable stylistic era - there’s much posed within <strong>SILVER</strong> that will be screamingly familiar to Australian baby boomers/Gen X’ers. That huge need that Australians have for the water -  even if they’ve never owned a boat and can’t swim a stroke - is captured and collated beautifully in this novel.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>With both a laugh and murder in the first few pages, <strong>SILVER</strong> settles the reader in comfortably early.  Hammer writes convincingly of Martin’s upbringing and past regrets, and despite being that old fantastical trope of a middle aged guy having a knock out younger blonde as his girlfriend (sigh), Martin seems like the kind of knockabout bloke who would always muck in and be in the middle of whatever is going on. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As with its predecessor, it could be said that <strong>SILVER</strong> would not have been harmed by the removal of say fifty or more pages – it’s another door stopper.   Also, perhaps a more critical eye passed over Martin pushing his way into crises, as these passages stretch the credibility and can cause the reader to veer away from the page for some momentary eyeroll.   Second novel curiosity should be more than enough to lead the reader to <strong>SILVER</strong>, with SCRUBLANDS having been such a well-received book club favourite in 2018.  <strong>SILVER</strong> is also a very good yarn, populated with right bastards, local politics, old loves never forgotten and the glimmer of redemptive promise somewhere out on the horizon. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Containing all that is required for an enjoyable character driven crime read that taps into key aspects of the Australian experience, <strong>SILVER</strong> is an easy choice for the crime fiction fan to pick up next and lose themselves in this coastal summer.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--20"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14761" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--32"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/silver"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/silver.jpg?itok=C2ciT3M6" width="142" height="220" alt="Silver" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/chris-hammer" hreflang="en">Chris Hammer</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781760632991</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1699" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--33"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>For half a lifetime, journalist Martin Scarsden has run from his past. But now there is no escaping. He'd vowed never to return to his hometown, Port Silver, and its traumatic memories. But now his new partner, Mandy Blonde, has inherited an old house in the seaside town and Martin knows their chance of a new life together won't come again. Martin arrives to find his best friend from school days brutally murdered, and Mandy the chief suspect. With the police curiously reluctant to pursue other suspects, Martin goes searching for the killer. And finds the past waiting for him. </p> <p>He's making little progress when a terrible new crime starts to reveal the truth. The media descend on Port Silver, attracted by a story that has it all: sex, drugs, celebrity and religion. Once again, Martin finds himself in the front line of reporting. Yet the demands of deadlines and his desire to clear Mandy are not enough: the past is ever present. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4101" hreflang="en">#2019</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4782" hreflang="en">#crime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4832" hreflang="en">#series</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4833" hreflang="en">#ChrisHammer</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4719" hreflang="en">#thriller</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--21"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--21--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--21--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--21--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-7a605ea07fb6f0ee8e0054f89e4bf9e44bdf3d067c3bccb4345b8a6a3678a76f"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/silver-chris-hammer" hreflang="en">Silver, Chris Hammer</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, October 22, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14803&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="nImVN169hnxsyRiS-UpsSKRiP3ZwEwykTHu9hQe2sUo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 22 Oct 2019 04:51:21 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14803 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/silver-chris-hammer#comments Death by Tradition, B.M. Allsopp https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/death-tradition-bm-allsopp <div data-history-node-id="14801" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--22"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Death by Tradition, B.M. Allsopp </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Wednesday, October 16, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>DEATH BY TRADITION is the second book in the Fiji Islands Mystery series, following on closely from DEATH ON PARADISE ISLAND. It's probably best if you can read both of these novels in order, as background to the central character's lives, the society in which they operate, and their interactions is pretty well central to everything here.</p> <p>In this second novel, DI Joe Horseman, policeman, local rugby star, has been back in his homeland for a while, after a knee injury put pay to his overseas ambitions. He's impatiently awaiting the arrival of his American girlfriend, and physiotherapist Melissa, when a murder occurs, in the worst possible timing. For the victim and for Horseman, although, it was hard to avoid wondering who was the most put out at times. The investigation of the brutal death of a young man, bludgeoned in his home village, threatens to derail Horseman and Melissa's reunion, especially as the village in which it occurred is remote, difficult to access, with no radio coverage, and the people are steeped in traditional beliefs and ways.</p> <p>It's up to Horseman and his DS, Susie Singh to solve this case, but the subsequent disappearance of a young woman in the same village complicates matters even further, chewing up yet more precious time - time that could threaten more lives and Horseman's romantic intentions.</p> <p>As with the first novel in this series, the sense of culture and place is incredibly strong, as is the way in which the game of rugby is so integral to the people's lives. The deeply traditional beliefs and lifestyle of this village contrast interestingly with the holiday resort setting from the first novel as well, giving more of a glimpse into daily life for some Fijian people. I particularly like the way that there are such views of a very different way of life, although, in this case, the presence of Melissa does add a hefty dollop of romantic angst to this outing.</p> <p>The plot here is nicely intertwined with the tensions that are occurring in this remote village - between the chief's insistence on atonement for an ancient crime, a farming project, promoted by the dead man, that is trying to improve and even modernise the lives of villagers, and the hierarchy of influence between families and positions in such a traditional place. </p> <p>An enjoyable, and insightful series of novels, the Fiji Islands Mysteries lean a little to the non-confrontational side of crime fiction, without tipping into cosy territory completely, and the addition of the romantic interest may be the icing on the cake for many readers.<br />  </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--23"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="10731" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--37"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/death-tradition"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/death-tradition.jpg?itok=X2N7jJbE" width="147" height="220" alt="Death by Tradition" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/bm-allsopp" hreflang="en">B.M. Allsopp</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9780994571939</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3962" hreflang="en">Fiji Islands Mysteries</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-number-in-series- field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Number (in series)</div> <div class="field--item">2</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--38"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Must DI Joe Horseman sacrifice his chance at love to catch a killer?<br /><br /> Only 5 more days… Horseman can’t wait for Melissa, his American girlfriend, to join him in Fiji. This time, he wants love to last.</p> <p>So, when a young activist is murdered at Tanoa in the remote highlands, Horseman sets a deadline to crack the case. Too close a deadline, for Tanoa is beyond radio reach. What’s more, the villagers are steeped in the old ways and cannot be hurried. To get anywhere, Horseman and his partner DS Susie Singh must navigate both the back roads and the minefield of Fijian custom with care.</p> <p>But the villagers have their own deadline: their chief has decreed Tanoa must atone for an ancient crime that still haunts the present.</p> <p>As Horseman counts the hours to Melissa’s touch down, he has no idea of the dangers looming through the mountain mist.</p> <p><strong>Death by Tradition is the second book in the Fiji Islands Mysteries series. Crime fans who enjoy discovering exotic places will love B.M. Allsopp’s insight into contemporary Fiji. </strong></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2319" hreflang="en">#terroraustralis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4830" hreflang="en">Death by Tradition</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/3960" hreflang="en">B.M. Allsopp</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--24"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--24--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--24--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--24--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-6764db7da7fac283a19a27864cfd16cea755b408feea09eba5be5f83308d00de"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/death-tradition-bm-allsopp" hreflang="en">Death by Tradition, B.M. Allsopp</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Wednesday, October 16, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14801&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="zRv94mUakdiw7Ov2cRDo92InVzgKNoJEh_CSU9D0ZmE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Wed, 16 Oct 2019 00:50:15 +0000 Karen 14801 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/death-tradition-bm-allsopp#comments The Stakes, Ben Sanders https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/stakes-ben-sanders <div data-history-node-id="14800" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--25"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The Stakes, Ben Sanders </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Thursday, October 10, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>THE STAKES is the latest noir thriller from NZ writer Ben Sanders, and it's a standout. Set once again in the US, this time NYPD detective Miles Keller is onto what he thinks is a pretty good idea; ripping off rich New York criminals, with a view to early, anonymous retirement. I mean really, what could go wrong? Other than the NYPD investigation into his suspected shooting of a hitman and the reappearance in his life of fellow scammer Nina Stone? Or is it the tricky complication of the go-to-thug, Bobby Dean, brother of the aforementioned dead hitman, dispatched by Stone's estranged, gangster husband to find her? What with him being somebody with a big grudge against Keller for obvious reasons. Or is it the likelihood that his latest rip off, which netted him quite a tidy sum, but left a few bodies and some tricky consequences, is in danger of exploding all over him?</p> <p>You'll find all these twists and turns laid out in an easy to follow manner here with just enough info to keep you up to date, and never enough to get in the road of the break neck pace that everything in THE STAKES operates under. Needless to say, "it's complicated" is the status update made to measure for this scenario. Delivered at lightening fast pace, it's also almost funny in places, and Miles Keller is one of those wonderfully wrong sorts of characters that you can't help but hope gets away with it all. What happens to Nina, what happens to Keller, and what happens to Nina's estranged husband are all part of the equation, as is the lurking Dean, and the chances that the last rip off that Keller perpetrated might come back to bite him in a big way.</p> <p>Loved THE STAKES, it's got plenty of substance to back up the style that's always been there, with a strong plot, and some realistic, conflicted characters, all of which combine to explore a surprisingly interesting question - what happens when a supposedly good guy takes on the bad guys at their own game?</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--26"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14485" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--5"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/stakes"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/stakes.jpg?itok=5WJXQ1Sj" width="144" height="220" alt="The Stakes" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/ben-sanders" hreflang="en">Ben Sanders</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781760632755</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--6"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Rip-offs are a dangerous game, but NYPD robbery detective Miles Keller thinks he's found a good strategy: rip off rich New York criminals and then retire early, before word's out about his true identity. New town, new name, no worries.</p> <p>Retirement can't come soon enough, though. The NYPD is investigating him for the shooting of a hitman named Jack Deen, who was targeting Lucy Gates - a former police informant and Miles's ex-lover.</p> <p>Miles thinks shooting hitmen counts as altruism, but in any case a murder charge would make life difficult. He's ready to go to ground, but then Nina Stone reappears in his life.</p> <p>Nina is a fellow heist professional and the estranged wife of LA crime boss Charles Stone. Miles last saw her five years ago, when he was investigating her for bank robbery and looked the other way, for reasons he is still trying to figure out. Since then her life has grown more complicated: her husband wants her back, and he's dispatched his go-to gun thug to play repo man. </p> <p>Complicating matters is the fact that the gun thug in question is Bobby Deen, cousin of the dead Jack Deen - and Bobby wants vengeance.</p> <p>The stakes couldn't be higher, but Nina has an offer that could be lucrative. Maybe Miles can stick around a while longer and get the big payoff he's been waiting for? But luck has a way of running out and soon Miles is in way over his head.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2388" hreflang="en">#yeahnoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/21" hreflang="en">New Zealand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4829" hreflang="en">The Stakes</a></div> <div 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Sanders</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Thursday, October 10, 2019 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/2019-ngaio-marsh-awards-longlist" hreflang="en">2019 Ngaio Marsh Awards Longlist</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Thursday, June 13, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" 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<div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Wednesday, October 9, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A STOLEN WOMAN is the third novel in the Elizabeth McClaine series, and I can't help thinking it would have been much better to have read the earlier novels first as there's some back story here that took some sorting out. In short, Elizabeth McClaine is the custodian of a wealthy philanthropic fund who seems to have a penchant for finding young women in trouble. In this outing, she is pulled into the story of Laney Donohue, her disabled sister, and a worker at the residential home where the sister had been living, who has gone missing.</p> <p>Once you get over the initial confusion about who is who, and how they all fit together, you will find that things start to flow well. It's an intriguing story, with the idea that Laney Donohue owes this missing young woman for the care and concern she showed her sister, and because her sister misses her and can't understand what has happened. Add to that the support that Elizabeth McClaine can provide to the hunt, it becomes quite an intriguing tale. There was more than enough that intrigues in A STOLEN WOMAN to add the first book in the series - THE CANDIDATE'S DAUGHTER - to an out of control To be Read List. </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--29"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14587" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--47"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/stolen-woman"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/stolen-woman.jpg?itok=4Tw96lXp" width="146" height="220" alt="A Stolen Woman" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/catherine-lea" hreflang="en">Catherine Lea</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">B078WZYPLF</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4647" hreflang="en">Elizabeth McClaine</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-number-in-series- field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Number (in series)</div> <div class="field--item">3</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--48"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><i><b>“Find Me!”</b> </i></p> <p>Those are the words on the note crumpled in Laney Donohue’s disabled sister’s hand. All Laney knows is that the young nurse aid who wrote them was taken by a man, and no one stopped him. Laney owes this young woman. She cared for Laney's sister when Laney couldn't. Now she's disappeared without trace. Laney intends to find out why. </p> <p>Meanwhile, it’s Elizabeth McClaine’s birthday. Or it would be if her PA had gotten the date right. So what better time to leave her unwanted party than when the call comes telling her a client of her charitable foundation has been found beaten and left cowering in a closet, her nurse aid missing. </p> <p>But from the moment Elizabeth asks the first question, it’s obvious someone out there is hell-bent on stopping her. And when the trail left by Laney Donohue leads to the brothels and casinos of an organized crime syndicate two states away, Elizabeth must pit her wits against the brilliant and ruthless crime boss to save her. The problem is… </p> <p>…he already knows she’s coming. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2388" hreflang="en">#yeahnoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/21" hreflang="en">New Zealand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4828" hreflang="en">A Stolen Woman</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4646" hreflang="en">Catherine Lea</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--30"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--30--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--30--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--30--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-d1825e515991ab117bc5ed2d6dff42648d9639cda4f4ceabb6fac1a98841f577"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/stolen-woman-catherine-lea" hreflang="en">A Stolen Woman, Catherine Lea</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Wednesday, October 9, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14799&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="EljzKwRnZrGucKA2_Ya18fpV1g1sHJxZaLqvj5ZU0lM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Wed, 09 Oct 2019 02:47:11 +0000 Karen 14799 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/stolen-woman-catherine-lea#comments