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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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Winter Chill

Author: Jon Cleary Publisher: Harper Collins Published: 1995 Book No: 12 I don’t know if Jon Cleary is still alive, but if he is, he’d be 95 years old. His Australian crime fiction legacy is staggering. Actually that statement probably is unfair, as not all of his books are crime thrillers. The first Cleary book […]

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Crime Factory 10

G’day all. The tenth issue of popular web magazine, Crime Factory is now live. This issue includes a short piece by me (writing as James Hopwood), called For Your Sighs Only: The Spy-Fi Smut of Clyde Allison, which looks back at the 0008 book series, in all their filthy glory. But, there’s plenty more in […]

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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat

Author: Andrez Bergen Publisher: Another Sky Press Published: 2012 I do not know anything about science fiction noir – beyond Riddley Scott’s Blade Runner. Of course I am talking about the original release which had the voice-over narration by Harrison Ford, not the plethora of director’s cuts and re-releases since 1982. I remember at the […]

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Cut and Run

Author: Matt Hilton Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Published: 2010 Book No: 4 (in the Joe Hunter series) Last month I had an opportunity to do a little jetsetting. Not far mind you, just up to Canberra, to the National Gallery where there was an exhibition of Renaissance paintings (Raphael, Titian, Botticelli et al.). You see, […]

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The Greenwich Apartments

The Greenwich Apartments ABC Radio Drama is a little something I picked up in a second hand shop. The packaging was cracked and knocked about, but this almost seems appropriate for a Cliff Hardy story, based on the novel by Peter Corris. Firstly, let me explain that this is not an audio book – and […]

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The Black Prince

Author: Peter Corris Publisher: Bantam Books Published: 1998 Book No: 22 – Cliff Hardy series For those not familiar with the character of Cliff Hardy, private investigator, he is a creation of Peter Corris and first appeared in the novel The Dying Trade in 1980. Since then he has been releasing Cliff Hardy stories regularly […]

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The Man With the Iron-On Badge

Author: Lee Goldberg Publisher: Five Star Publishing Published: 2005 2010 has been a good reading year for me. After people have read some of my reviews, and noticed the generally positive slant to them, I get a few comments along the lines of “What, you like every book you read?” Well this is how it […]

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