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.
Ashley McKenna, native New Yorker, does favours; sometimes for money, sometimes for whiskey, but always with his trusty steel umbrella in close reach. When the woman Ash loves leaves him a desperate voicemail - a message he hears the morning after she’s murdered - he grips that umbrella and hunts for her killer.
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.
Leif G.W. Persson
Just what do you do to a man who has raped and murdered a young girl when the criminal justice system has no remedy to offer? A modern Scandi-crime take on Arthur Conan Doyle.
Are a series of assaults and the kidnapping of DS Berrisford's niece related, or this something altogether more sinister than it first appears?
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.
Val McDermid has always positioned her DCI Karen Pirie books as standalone. But how many standalones can you write until you’ve written a series? The answer is 4.
A stunning conclusion to the Belltree Trilogy’s overarching mystery, an insightful comment on Australian history, past and present.
Cecily Gayford (Ed.)
10 cosy crime stories for Christmas.