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Dying For Paradise

This Aussie crime pulp novel isn’t too old. I think I picked it up around 1996 or so (was published in 1995). I can’t remember too much about it now, so I’ll let the back cover blurb do the talking for me – although this description reads a little muddled. A tropical paradise on the [...]

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Swamp Walloper

Author: Paul Bishop Published: October 2013 Swamp Walloper is the follow up to Felony Fists, the first book in the Fight Card series written by Paul Bishop. Fists saw L.A. cop, Patrick ‘Felony’ Flynn fighting on two fronts, first corruption on the streets, and then duking it out with one of gangster Mickey Cohen’s minions [...]

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Leaving Bondi

Author: Robert G. Barrett Publisher: Harper Collins Published: 2000 Over the years I have read a few of Robert G. Barrett’s Les Norton series. I don’t know how many there are in the series. I have about seven of them, and I’d guess there’s probably that many I don’t have. I have always found them [...]

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Dig Two Graves

Author: Eric Beetner Publisher: Snubnose Press Published: November 2011 As the title, Dig Two Graves, would imply, this novella is a tale of revenge. It concerns Val, who is an ex-con. But one who has lived a strange double life. On civi-street he is straight, and while in prison he is gay – described as [...]

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Bear Pit

Author: Jon Cleary First Published: 2000 On the eve of the Sydney Olympic games, the city’s great and good assemble to celebrate the opening of a new luxury hotel complex. But the gala takes a grisly turn when State Premier Hans Vanderberg is assassinated by a sniper. In his twenty years at the head of [...]

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Five Ring Circus

Author: Jon Cleary First Published: 1998 (1999 Harper Collins edition pictured). As Sydney prepares for its grand role as host of the next Olympic Games, homocide detective Scobie Malone stumbles upon a scam that will do nothing for the city’s image. Illicit deals are being struck and money from Hong Kong is being banked in [...]

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McGrave

Author: Lee Goldberg Publisher: Adventures in Television Published: February 2012 McGrave is a quick fire novella from Lee Goldberg, based on a pilot script for a television show, which never eventuated. And its humble beginnings are very evident as you read it. It is written in present tense as a script would be, and the [...]

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Ghost Money

Recently, I had a chance to catch up with Melbourne-based crime writer Andrew Nette and asked him a series of tough questions about his debut novel, Ghost Money. Ghost Money is set in Cambodia, in the late 1990s, and Andrew’s answers shine a light on a world that is very different to my own (and [...]

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Ghost Money

Author: Andrew Nette Publisher: Snubnose Press Published: August 2012 I must admit, I don’t know much about Cambodia or the Khmer Rouge – and therefore Andrew Nette’s debut novel, Ghost Money was a real eye opener for me. It works on many levels – as a history lesson (all the best novels teach you stuff [...]

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Comeback

Author: Richard Stark (Donald Westlake) Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (Reprint edition) Published: 1997 I have a hand-written list on the fridge of items that I should own, but don’t. Mostly it’s mainstream films that I have never bothered to pick up. They are easy to find, and often turn up on TV. Generally, these [...]

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