2016

To Hell and Back

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

'To Hell and Back' is a memoir detailing one policewoman’s trials and tribulations working within the ranks of the Victoria Police Force from the early 1980’s to the present day. Despite numerous instances of harassment, false accusations and character assassinations, the member still manages to maintain her sanity and perform her policing duties to the best of her ability. Ultimately, this is a story about one person’s struggle to say and do the right thing, to follow procedure, no matter what the eventual cost to herself or her career.

Sub Genre: 
Memoir
ISBN: 
9781921030307
Publisher: 
Sid Harta Publishers
Year of Publication: 
2016

The Ice Shroud

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

When a woman's body is discovered frozen in the ice of a river near the alpine resort of Queenstown, Detective Sergeant Malcolm Buchan faces both a mystery and a moral dilemma. The identity of the nude woman is critical to the motives and manner of her murder, and Buchan is personally involved. So are a number of locals, from ski bums to multi-millionaire businessman.

Newly appointed to head CIB in the Southern Lakes district, Buchan hunts the killer through the entanglements of corruption and abuse that lie barely below the surface of the tourist towns. 

Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
ISBN: 
9780986456442
Location: 
New Zealand
Queenstown
Series: 
Malcolm Buchan
Publisher: 
Bush Press
Year of Publication: 
2016

The Drowned Man

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

A chance encounter in a fish-’n’-chip shop set Brendan Murray on the trail of a mystery. Had a gay man been secretly murdered on HMAS Australia during the Second World War?

The veteran he spoke to was certain. ‘I knew about it,’ he said. ‘We all did.’

But was the story true? If so, who was the dead man? And why was it so hard to find out?

The Drowned Man is a search for the answer, almost stymied by cover-up and silence. In the end, it brings us to the lies that have shrouded our understanding of war, and especially of war at sea.

ISBN: 
9781760401207
Publisher: 
Echo Publishing
Year of Publication: 
2016

A Place to Bury Strangers

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

A cryptic message left next to a charred corpse in the middle of Reykjavík leaves police worried they have a gang war on their hands.

Across town Detective Grímur Karlsson investigates a missing girl from a nice suburban family and gets far too close to the truth for his own good. 

It becomes clear the two cases are connected and Karlsson doggedly pursues the trail that leads from junkies on the seedy streets of Reykjavík all the way to the very top of Icelandic society. 

Location: 
Iceland
Series: 
Grímur Karlsson
Publisher: 
Fahrenheit Press
Year of Publication: 
2016

Busted

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

Bestselling writer and organised-crime expert Keith Moor takes us behind the headlines of the world's biggest seizure of ecstasy to expose a sophisticated mafia network in Australia.

In 2007, Melbourne customs officials intercepted 15 million ecstasy tablets hidden in 3000 tomato tins arriving from Naples, Italy – the largest haul of ecstasy in the world. The seized pills had a street value of $440 million.

ISBN: 
9780143797128
Publisher: 
Penguin Random House
Year of Publication: 
2016

The Ethics of Evil: Stories of H Division

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

This non-fiction book explores the true story of H Division, the punishment division within Pentridge Prison, Melbourne, that operated from 1958-1994, which was responsible for cultivating criminals who committed horrific crimes upon their release. 

Established in 1958 to punish prisoners like William O’Meally, the last man legally flogged in Australia, H Division, or Hell Division as it became known, established a culture so ferocious, in 1972 the Victorian Government was forced to hold an inquiry into the brutality. 

Year of Publication: 
2016

Presumed Guilty

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

When feisty lawyer Sasha Stace secures the acquittal of a sleazy politician charged with rape, it’s one legal victory too many. Disillusioned, she looks to the High Court bench for more fulfillment. But before she can become a judge, there’s one more criminal defense – a trial with complications, a trial like no other. 

Sub Genre: 
Legal
Publisher: 
Merlot Publishing
Year of Publication: 
2016

The Second Stage of Grief

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

A false accusation. A brutal murder. Can Ngaire find a killer before he finds her?

Ngaire Blakes is trying to put her life back together. The ex-cop resigned from the police after a vicious assault left her battling PTSD. Dragged into a murder investigation, she’s shocked to discover that all the evidence points to her.

Series: 
Ngaire Blakes
Year of Publication: 
2016

The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Forty years ago Magdalene Lynton drowned in a slurry. She choked to death as her hands scrabbled for purchase on the smooth concrete walls. A farmhand discovered her bloated body three days later.

Or she didn't.

Paul Worthington just confessed to her murder.

Forty years ago Magdalene Lynton died in a dirty shed. He smothered her life along with her cries for help and tossed her defiled corpse into a river when he was done.

Or he didn't.

Series: 
Ngaire Blakes
Year of Publication: 
2016

The Last Time We Spoke

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

One mild summer evening in rural Auckland the life of a middle-aged farmer's wife and that of an illiterate Maori youth brutally collide. Neither will be the same again, their futures forever linked. This is a dark tale which navigates the underbelly of urban New Zealand. It is also a story of hope and human possibility.

ISBN: 
9780749020
Location: 
Auckland
Publisher: 
Allison & Busby
Year of Publication: 
2016