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Sometimes you start reading a series book about a favourite character, and really start to wonder if the author is annoyed with them, subconsciously punishing them for being too popular, or just enjoying applying the thumb screws for a change.
Posted by Karen
Find out where it all began for George Smiley.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
A debut police procedural from Melbourne based, ex-Ballarat dweller, JM Simpson, A BODY OF WORK makes good use of both of those locations. (Review republished / book republished).
Posted by Karen
You have to hand it to our Rebus. No one sidelines this particular Scotsman. If there’s something going on in his town, retired or not, Rebus still manages to place himself in the thick of it.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Could you walk the along the East Coast of Australia from Gippsland to Sydney? In 1797 seventeen shipwreck survivors set out on this journey, only three survived. One of the men has a diary which tells their tale, Preservation tells a much darker tale.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
A really good choice for fans of legal thrillers in particular, and a good one for fans of general Australian thrillers as well.
Posted by Karen
NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU has moments of great insight and clarity into the nature of small towns, small communities, and the people who can slip under the radar in those situations.
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There's a good sense of the place, the climate, the local residents and the terrain in INTO THE FOG. It's a real strength of this novel - this is a place that Wallace obviously knows well and the idea that kids could simply vanish up there makes sense, and is well supported by the god awful weather that's being experienced.
Posted by Karen

Recommendations

Find out where it all began for George Smiley.
Could you walk the along the East Coast of Australia from Gippsland to Sydney? In 1797 seventeen shipwreck survivors set out on this journey, only three survived. One of the men has a diary which tells their tale, Preservation tells a much darker tale.
If you discovered the murdered body of your married lover on a secluded beach would you hope no-one was watching and run?
While there was little doubt after her debut, The Lost Man shows Harper cementing her place as a major, important talent in Australian crime fiction.
Ted Lewis's Jack's Return Home, the book which Get Carter, arguably one of the greatest gangster films of all time, was based upon.
Well paced out, populated by flawed but approachable characters, set in a location that doesn't feel manipulative or convenient, GREENLIGHT is about crime, greed, money, influence, bad decisions and human frailty and nastiness.
... this is good rural-noir. It comes from the place and the people that it's written about and it's got the authority, and the touch that comes from living in the world that it's describing.
Completing the AustCrimeFiction trifecta, my turn to read this excellent debut novel.

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From the wonderfulness that is the pile of New Zealand Crime fiction.
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Started this over the weekend - new crime fiction after a long break from Stella Duffy.
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Leaping with confidence straight out of the gates, DEAD LEMONS has a cracking opening chapter that will stay with you for quite some time. You just can’t go past a man hanging over a cliff, hanging upside down in his wheelchair, thinking such dire and witty thoughts.
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A Legacy of Spies builds heavily on leCarré’s world and it would help to be familiar with all of the side stories and back stories of the characters, developed over the earlier Smiley books.
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Read this one last week. Obviously behind with the mentions!
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Diving into my New Zealand piles at the moment, this one became this weekend's reading for no particular reason.
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A new Pufferfish novel will always be a thing of joy - whiteboard lists or no whiteboard lists.
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Bluebird Bluebird is top notch crime fiction.
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From my weekend's reading, this thriller, first in a series based around US SEAL and a threat to the US mainland.
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I will catch up with all these mini-reviews, mentions, the backlist from hell. I will....
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Jack Heath is well known for plenty of books for children and young adults but, clearly, some elements were missing. These included, among other things – violence, blood, drugs and serial killers. And so we get Hangman, which has lashings of all of these elements and is a cracking read full of well crafted twists and turns.
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