Melbourne, Australia. Once deemed Marvellous Melbourne in the late nineteenth century. The Victorian Goldrush makes Melbourne one of the wealthiest cities in the world.
In 1901 Melbourne will become Australia’s first capital. But by the twentieth century, Melbourne has been overtaken by its arch rival, Sydney. Canberra is now the nation's capital. Melbourne is known as boring and puritanical. On the weekends, the streets are deserted. The only highlights is in 1956 when Melbourne hosts the Olympic Games and the Beatles tour in 1964.
In the nineteen- eighties, Melbourne is a city of three million and thanks to emigration largely from Italy and Greece, Melbourne is dusting off its drabness. In time Melbourne will be called the sporting and cultural capital of Australia.
Homecountry had them talking but Thornydevils is leaving them speechless ~ Jennifer Douglas
The above phrase is one I posted on Facebook explaining exactly how I felt after reading Thornydevils by TW Lawless. In my review of Homecountry I write ‘ Homecountry by TW Lawless shows the strength of this Australian writers ability to produce a novel that not only captivates but puts you in a place of reality. TW Lawless entertains with humor. drama, love and a little bit of country lunacy.‘
Within Thornydevils TW Lawless has gone from strength to strength. I would not have thought this author could produce a novel more compelling than Homecountry yet in Thornydevils he has done just this.
Thornydevils is book two in the Peter Clancy series, yet it stands alone. Set in Melbourne 1989, Thornydevils once again follows Peter Clancy as he investigates local organised crime. Still living a hard life, drinking too much and chasing the ladies, Peter continues his job as a journalist for the Melbourne Truth.
I will have to admit I have fallen in love with the fictitional character of Peter Clancy. There is something about this hard-drinking Australian larrikin that you just have to love. He falls in love easily, showing the soft side of the hard exterior. He is a hard drinker who keeps one on their toes, wondering what sort of trouble he will find himself in next. TW Lawless has teamed Peter Clancy with some unlikely characters in those of Concheeta, the drag queen, and her boyfriend Ted, Poppy, a lawyer and love interest of Peter’s, and Slugger Douglas to name but a few. The old favourites of Sam, Dave and the crew at the Melbourne Truth Newspaper all make an appearance, giving you the feeling of being back with the family.
Thornydevils is a fast pace novel with twists and turns you never see coming. As an author TW Lawless represents Australia and its people exactly as they are - honest, unpretentious and hardworking. Thornydevils is full of larrikins who at times drop the odd swear word but fit snuggly into the plot. There is a little raunchy sex, drugs and a sinister plot which takes you on a journey of crime and bloodshed. TW Lawless writes with pure Australian brutality and honesty. It is this that creates the strength within his series and has those who read it talking.
If you are seeking a true Australian author who throws it all on the table then you cannot go past TW Lawless. Homecountry reached the top 20 for books and e-books on Amazon.com ( Australian genre ), with rankings as high as 7 for kindle and 8 for books. It recently reached 3,781 overall on Amazon, a position most authors can only dream of due to the overall worldwide competition. In the hard-boiled category Homecountry sat at number 18, not that far behind the famous Australian thriller writer Peter Corris, who sat at number 11.
Although just released Thornydevils is following hot on the heels of Homecountry, giving crime thriller writers competition and readers the thrill they are after.
Always good to see a publicist working hard for their client.