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Currently Reading - The Reunion, Simone Van Der Vlugt

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According to the attached press release Simone van der Vlugt is a major bestseller of psychological thrillers in her native Holland where The Reunion has sold over 200,000 copies.  Her three novels have sold over one million copies combined.

"I stand at the entrance to the beach, my hands in the pocket of my jacket, and look out to sea.  It's 6 May and way too cold for this time of year.  Apart from a solitary beachcomber, the beach is deserted.  The sea is the colour of lead.  Snarling and foaming, it swallows up more and more sand."

Currently Reading - Double Shot, Anna Blundy

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I've been wading around in the heavy side for a few books this month, so when this new book headed my way recently I thought it seemed like a perfect Autumn afternoon read - and it's funny.  Heavy handed with the main joke maybe, but funny nonetheless.

Currently Reading - Beneath the Blonde, Stella Duffy

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Another one of those books that have been sitting here, patiently waiting for me to catch up - this is by NZ born author Stella Duffy.

"I would sit in your mother's kitchen and watch the sun come up.  The kitchen is blue.  I remember when your dad painted it.  He is dead now.  They both are.  You killed them.  Like you killed me.  Like you killed everyone in your past.  You do not know your mother and you do not know your father and you do not know me.  Because that would mean them all knowing who you were.  But I remember."

Why I'm Over the Badder than Bad Villains

It has to be said.  I'm over the "over the top" villain.

This thought has been meandering around in my brain for the last few months.  Triggered undoubtedly by the range of books I've been reading recently. 

Personally I find nothing particularly sinister or clever or enlightening in the idea that, in order to be a perpetrator of a crime, that person must be overtly "evil", glaringly sinister, lurking around in dark alleys and behind trees, slathering, mumbling, muttering, barking mad, horrible, scary beyond all belief, "weird".

Currently Reading - Open File, Peter Corris

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I love Cliff Hardy.  I really like these books as well - they are probably the closest we have to current day "Pulp" style books - quick, short little vignettes that tell the tale and entertain hugely.  Open File is one of two new Cliff Hardy's I've got to read at the moment (spoilt rotten I am).  Dodging the prologue that fills in why Cliff is re-visiting a case from the late 1980's.

Currently Reading - Underbelly, The Gangland War, John Silvester and Andrew Rule

Well the TV show might be banned, but in Victoria you can buy the book without any problems at all.  I'm not at all sure what that says about the average juror or what it could be implying about book readers, but that's probably a discussion for another day.

"The bloodiest underworld war in the history of Australian crime began with both a bang and a whimper in a tiny park in the western suburb of Gladstone Park, near Melbourne Airport."