Gunshine State

Title: Gunshine State
Author: Andrew Nette
Publisher: 280 Steps (pictured above)
First Published: 2016

The Heist Always Goes Wrong

You may have met Gary Chance, the central protagonist in Gunshine State, before. I’m reluctant to describe him as a hero, because Chance is a career crim – yeah, he’s a bit of a bastard. Chance previously appeared in the short story, Two Men in a Car, which appeared in the anthologyThe First Shift (2012). And he fought an Atlantean cult in Chasing Atlantis, which appeared in Hard Labour (2012) – both collections published by Crime Factory.

Gunshine State

The 2018 edition, published by Down & Out Books.

In Gunshine State, Chance’s first full length adventure, he finds himself up to his neck in trouble when a heist in Port Pirie goes wrong. He hightails it to Surfer’s Paradise, in Queensland, where he accepts a job working for Dennis Curry. Curry runs an illegal high-stakes poker game, and he has assembled a crew to roll one of his best customers. It seems like a straight forward job, but the heist goes wrong. The heist always goes wrong!

Gunshine State is a damn fine heist novel. Sure, it presents the usual genre tropes, but does so in such a way, it is clear author Andrew Nette has great affection for this kind of crime story. It’s not so much about the destination, but enjoying the ride while it lasts. And Nette gives us one hell of a ride, taking the reader from the ore-producing region of South Australia, to the Glitter Strip in Queensland, then on to Pattaya, before arriving in Melbourne for a suitably vigorous climax.

In Gary Chance, Nette has created a character who can stand shoulder to shoulder with Parker and Wyatt, and I’m looking forward to his next adventure, which I believe will be called Orphan Road, and is due out next year.

Please note, Gunshine State was reissued by Down & Out Books in early 2018.

You can find out more about Andrew Nette’s work at his website, Pulp Curry.

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