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Great Victorian Summer Read, State Library of Victoria

The Great Victorian Summer Read is a great blog which I've been following.  The last couple of entries on the blog are from Adrian Hyland (he of Diamond Dove - a great Australian crime fiction novel if ever there was one).  As well as Adrian there have been contributions from a lot of other authors who will ring bells.  Wander over and have a look, in particular Adrian is talking about the sheer gall of a man writing a story from a woman's perspective  and a marvellous tal

Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No 8

The Carnival is on a roll and I'm scrambling to catch up.  For Number 8, we stop over at Detectives Beyond Borders for Peter's take on all things criminally attractive in his parts.  I can highly recommend a wander over that way - you'll be astounded at what the rest of us haven't yet read!

Currently Reading - The Shadow in the River, Frode Grytten

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Bit of a palate cleanser before returning to my current "Dark" theme, first paragraph:

"Last night I'd felt a chill in the air, but today would be another hot one.  I'd opened all the windows, and a little fan was humming away on the desk.  The stink of sweat mingled with the smell of food from the bowling alley in the basement.  The odour of hamburgers and chips came wafting up to my office on the fourth floor.  I thought I'd read in the paper that the place had gone bust last winter, but now the smell of fast food was spreading through the building."

Currently Reading - Natural History, Neil Cross

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Labelled as "a deeply unnerving literary thriller from acclaimed New Zealand writer Neil Corss - one of the scriptwriters on Spooks - that tantalises and then shocks the reader, as it delves into a troubled mind and untangles the complex relationships that surround an unusual family".

First paragraph:

"It was only a dead ape.  Patrick had seen dozens, one way or another.  He'd seen them die naturally, of old age and disease - and heard the war-shrieks as they murdered each other.  He'd watched them cannibalize their young".

Currently Reading - The Darkness Inside, John Rickards

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I seem to have been drawn to the dark side - finished The Darkness Within (which I'll write up soon) and started The Darkness Inside by John Rickards.  First paragraph (chapter one not the prologue):

Currently Reading - The Darkness Within, Jason Nahrung

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"Another rain squall splashed across the windshield, as hard and thick as guilt, and yet again Emily wondered what in the hell she was doing out here on a night like this."

This is a debut book, probably more Gothic Horror than any other "category" I can think of - more to come in a full review.

Detainee 002, The Case of David Hicks, Leigh Sales

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Not Crime Fiction, but the release of David Hicks over the Christmas break prompted me to move this book up the unread pile.  We purchased it after seeing a session at MWF in which Leigh Sales participated - her discussion of the book intrigued us considerably.  If you're interested at all in the background of the treatment and case against David Hicks this is an excellently written book.  It provides a narrative form of non-fiction which makes it extremely readable whilst providing great insight into the events leading up to his arrest as well as, what can possibly ever hope to be gleaned,