Australia:

Dark Waters

Deborah Sheldon

Brendan Reilly emerges from the murky depths of a dam a changed man, caught between two worlds. In one he’s a respected patch member of the Overlords bikie gang; the other, a scumbag ex-husband and estranged father.

Black Teeth

Zane Lovitt

A well-paced and thoroughly enjoyable piece of Australian-noir. Draws on the 'feel' of Jim Thompson et al. without falling into age-old American noir tropes.

Clancy of the Undertow

Christopher Currie

Clancy is a misfit who doesn’t even fit with the misfits - she’s sixteen and just trying to work out who the hell she is when her dad is involved in an accident that kills two local teenagers, her girl-crush finally notices that she exists, and new-girl Nancy walks into her life.

The Rules of Backyard Cricket

Jock Serong

South Africa are 6/194 at stumps on Day 3 and I am wrecked by the brilliance of this book. If you have a crime-fiction loving cricket fan in the family, consider your Christmas shopping sorted.

Slaughter Park

Barry Maitland

A stunning conclusion to the Belltree Trilogy’s overarching mystery, an insightful comment on Australian history, past and present.

The Hate Race

Maxine Beneba Clarke

A powerful memoir and important reflection on Australia’s shameful and deeply ingrained racism.

The Road to Winter

Mark Smith

A compelling and intelligent story of survival in a bleak but beautiful Australian coastal setting.

Crimson Lake

Candice Fox

Where True Detective meets the Sunshine Coast. A tightly-written thriller in a sinister, humid setting.

Wimmera

Mark Brandi

Top-notch Aussie rural literary noir. A deeply unsettling exploration of boyhood and the rippling damage of child sexual assault.