Before It Breaks
Author: Dave Warner
Publisher: Fremantle Press
Detective Inspector Daniel Clement is back in Broome, the tropical town where he grew up, licking his wounds from a busted marriage and struggling to be impressed by his new team of small-town, inexperienced cops. But stagnation and lethargy soon give way to a case with urgent purpose. On the edge of the desert, a man is found dead in a crocodile-infested watering hole. And he is only the first. The connection between the victims is elusive, but Clement must pursue it as a decades old mystery begins to unravel and a monster cyclone brews on the horizon.
City of Light
Author: Dave Warner
Publisher: Fremantle Press
Snowy Lane, preoccupied with a ham sandwich and the odds of making the football team on Saturday, takes the terrible phone call that signals the beginning of a series of events which are to reverberate in his life and shake the city to its foundations ... ‘Gruesome’ has taken another victim and the whole population is riveted by the emergence of the dark side of the City of Light.
Big Bad Blood
Author: Dave Warner
Big Bad Blood is Australia's answer to the slash-and-burn novels of James Ellroy - a big crime thriller set in the netherworld of organised crime and official corruption peopled with desperate, drastically flawed characters. The world Dave Warner creates is dark and seamy, filled with shakedowns, prostitutes, transvestites, crooked cops, porn merchants and makers and an ever increasing flow of drugs. Sydney 1965. The Beatles on every radio, Tommy Smith and George Moore winning almost every race, and 33-year-old detective Ray Shearer on the take. Shearer acts as muscle for Kings Cross businessman and 'colourful racing personality', George Shaloub. George has troubles. He wants to knock down some terraces in the Cross to build a business centre, but heiress and local newspaper publisher Jenny Wilson is running a campaign against him. To compound his problems, one of his prostititutes (Sally Prescott) is found murdered in a copycat of an horrific molestation murder eight years previously. Much to his annoyance, Ray Shearer finds himself on the Prescott homicide case. He earns far more as Shaloub's standover man and sees the murder inquiry as an irritating time-waster. Or maybe not. When Ray was twelve his parents died as a result of deliberate arson. If there is one consolation to be found it is that a good result on the homocide might finally see him transferred to Arson where he will be able to wrestle more often with his personal demon, perhaps one day stumbling over the killer of his parents. Another cop who crosses Shaloub's path is young John Gordon. Gordon is a fresh-faced ingenue who manages to 'save' George Shaloub's mistress from an armed robber. It turns out Shaloub's mistress is a transvestite, Sue Foley. The innocent Gordon is simultaneously fascinated and repulsed by Sue's attentions. It is Gordon who is the first cop on the scene of the Prescott slaying. When he finds a crucifix sticking out of her anus, he pulls it out without thinking, then is horrified at how he has contaminated the crime scene and probably wrecked his police career. He is saved by Gordon, who covers up the mistake, takes Gordon under his wing, and decides to pursue the crucifix lead in the hope that it will give him the jump on solving the case. To get help on the crucifix i.d. Shearer goes to see his older brother Patrick. Patrick, who had been with Ray when their parents were killed, is now a priest - a powerbroker in the Catholic Church, with Vatican aspirations. He disapproves of Ray's separation and impending divorce from his wife, and continually rebukes Ray for his criminal associations, unaware that he is the reason Ray wound up in Shaloub's clutches in the first place. The Prescott inquiry is grinding on without much joy when things really start hopping. Two young women are found murdered in the sand dunes at Wanda Beach. The m.o. is one more in the same copycat style as that of Prescott. Ray searches for a link between Prescott and the two new victims. He discovers a Prescott connection to the Attorney General who has just wound up dead in his swimming pool. the AG was thick with Shaloub. Ray has to ask himself: Could Shaloub be involved in all of this? Another bombshell. Ray discovers that Sue Foley, Shaloub's trannie girlfriend, was a classmate of the original murderer on whose grisly work the recent killings have been based. Then another twist: Jenny Wilson disappears. Then John Gordon is kidnapped by Sue Foley. Before abandoning him she spills out a tale of childhood molestation at the hands of a Christian Brother. She talks about revenge. Shearer and Gordon make Foley as the killer and embark on a furious chase to grab her before she kills again. But that is only the beginning. In their quest for truth, Shearer and Gordon must descend into a labyrinth of guilt, shame and hate. Only by confronting their own dark and terrible secrets can they succeed. Only by allowing themselves to be baptised by the river of Big Ba
Murder mystery involving a reclusive former rock star, Andrew 'The Lizard' Zirk. Two deaths occur at a rock'n'roll party and it looks as though there may be more. Zirk also features in the sequels 'Murder in the Frame' and 'Murder in the Off-Season'. Author is former lead singer with the band 'Dave Warner From the Suburbs'. His publications include 'The City of Light', winner of the 1996 Western Australia Premier's Award for Fiction.
The Big Whatever
Author: Peter Doyle
Publisher: Verse Chorus Press
When Billy Glasheen picks up a trashy paperback he finds in his cab, its plot seems weirdly familiar. One of the main characters is based on him . . . Only one person knows enough about his past to have written it—Max, his double-crossing ex-partner in crime. But Max is dead. He famously went up in flames, along with a fortune in cash, after a bank heist. If Max is somehow still alive, Billy has a score to settle. And if he didn’t get fried to a crisp, maybe the money didn’t either. To find out, Billy has to follow the clues in the strange little book—and rapidly discovers he’s not the only one on Max’s trail. The Big Whatever is the fourth instalment of Peter Doyle’s acclaimed series, which has grown into an epic underground history of postwar Australia, where crooks, entertainers, scammers, corrupt cops and politicians all rub shoulders, chasing their big paydays.
Clear to the Horizon
Author: Dave Warner
Publisher: Fremantle Press
In 1999, a number of young women go missing in the Perth suburb of Claremont. One body is discovered. Others are never seen again. Snowy Lane (City of Light) is hired as a private investigator but neither he nor the cops can find the serial killer. Sixteen years later, another case brings Snowy to Broome, where he teams up with Dan Clement (Before It Breaks) and an incidental crime puts them back on the Claremont case. Clear to the Horizon is a nail-biting Aussie-style thriller, based on one of the great unsolved crimes in Western Australia’s recent history. Its twists and turns will keep you guessing to the end.Dave Warner’s Before It Breaks (Fremantle Press) won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction in 2016.This novel brilliantly combines the sleuthing skills of two of Warner’s best-known characters and looks at how unsolved crimes can continue to haunt communities long after the fact.The book references the Claremont serial killings, Western Australia’s most notorious cold-case. It’s a case that real-life investigators recently made a giant leap forward on: arresting a man for the murders of two women.Warner’s work has strong support from newspapers like the Herald Sun, Sydney Morning Herald and Weekend Australian and reviews of his last book were syndicated to newspapers across the nation.Warner is a known musician with an existing fan base and is likely to feature on local NSW and WA radio.
Author: Dave Warner
Humorous thriller dealing with love, betrayal and coffee. Rick has a fantastic espresso machine, but he has lost his wife to her penniless lover. Author is former lead singer with the band 'Dave Warner from the Suburbs'. His other publications include 'Murder in the Groove', 'Murder in the Frame' and 'The City of Light', winner of the 1996 Western Australia Premier's Award for Fiction.
It starts in a suburban backyard with Darren Keefe and his older brother, sons of a fierce and gutsy single mother. The endless glow of summer, the bottomless fury of contest. All the love and hatred in two small bodies poured into the rules of a made-up game. Darren has two big talents: cricket and trouble. No surprise that he becomes an Australian sporting star of the bad-boy variety—one of those men who’s always got away with things and just keeps getting. Until the day we meet him, middle aged, in the boot of a car. Gagged, cable-tied, a bullet in his knee. Everything pointing towards a shallow grave. The Rules of Backyard Cricket is a novel of suspense in the tradition of Peter Temple’s Truth. With glorious writing harnessed to a gripping narrative, it observes celebrity, masculinity—humanity—with clear-eyed lyricism and exhilarating narrative drive. Jock Serong lives and works on the far southwest coast of Victoria. Formerly a lawyer, he is now a features writer, and was the editor of Great Ocean Quarterly. His first novel, Quota, won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel. His most recent novel is The Rules of Backyard Cricket. Jock is married with four children and lives in Port Fairy, Victoria. ‘The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong, while classified as ‘crime’, is a compelling literary novel dissecting toxic sporting culture and its fallout.’ Paddy O’Reilly, Australian Book Review, 2016 Books of the Year ‘The Rules of Backyard Cricket got the thumbs up from everyone.’ Favourite Fiction for 2016, Avenue Bookstore ‘Blow me down if I didn’t hang on every word.’ Clare Wright, Best Books of 2016, Australian ‘One of the great novels written about sport...Delicious. It’s the top read of the summer.’ Stuff NZ ‘The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong, while classified as ‘crime’, is a compelling literary novel dissecting toxic sporting culture and its fallout.’ Paddy O’Reilly, Best Books of 2016, Australian Book Review ‘A deeply interesting novel about sibling rivalry, family, masculinity, and the game of cricket...Serong is a talented storyteller, and he brings this unusual world to life.’ Booklist
Author: David Philipps
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
When the 506th Infantry Regiment—known since World War II as the Band of Brothers—returned to Colorado Springs after their first tour in Iraq, a series of brutal crimes swept through the city. The Band of Brothers had been deployed to the most violent places in Iraq, and some of the soldiers were suffering from what they had seen and done in combat. Without much time to recover, they were sent back to the front lines. After their second tour of duty, the battalion was renamed the Lethal Warriors, and, true to their name, the soldiers once again brought the violence home. Lethal Warriors brings to life the chilling true stories of these veterans—from their enlistment and multiple tours of duty to their struggles with ptsd and their failure to reintegrate in society. With piercing insight and employing his relentless investigative skills, journalist David Philipps shines a light not only to this particular unit, but also to the painful reality of ptsd as it rages throughout the country. By exploring the evolving the science and the stigma of war trauma throughout history—from "shell shock" to "battle fatigue" to "combat stress injuries"—Philipps shows that this problem has always existed and that, as the nature of warfare changes, it is only getting worse. In highlighting the inspiring stories of the resilient men and women in the armed forces who have the courage to confront the issue and offer a potential lifeline to the soldiers, Lethal Warriors challenges us to deal openly, honestly, and intelligently with the true costs of war.
Murder Without Motive
Author: Martin Mckenzie-Murray
In 2004, the body of a young Perth woman was found on the grounds of a primary school. Her name was Rebecca Ryle. The killing would mystify investigators, lawyers, and psychologists - and profoundly rearrange the life of the victim's family. It would also involve the author's family, because his brother knew the man charged with the murder. For years, the two had circled each other suspiciously, in a world of violence, drugs, and rotten aspirations. A Murder Without Motiveis a police procedural, a meditation on suffering, and an exploration of how the different parts of the justice system make sense of the senseless. It is also a unique memoir: a mapping of the suburbs that the author grew up in, and a revelation of the dangerous underbelly of adolescent ennui.
Author: Carl Hiaasen
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Grange, Florida, is, famous for its miracles-the weeping fiberglass Madonna, the Road-Stain Jesus, the stigmata man. And now it has JoLayne Lucks, unlikely winner of the state lottery. Unfortunately, JoLayne's winning ticket isn't the only one. The other belongs to Bodean Gazzer and his raunchy sidekick, Chub, who want the whole $28 million jackpot to start their own underground militia. But JoLayne Lucks has her own plans for the Lotto money, and when Bode and Chub brutally assault her and steal her ticket, she vows to track them down, take it back-and get revenge. The only one who can help is Tom Krome, a big-city investigative journalist now writing frothy features for a mid-sized newspaper. He is about to become part of a story that's bigger and more bizarre than anything he's ever covered. Chasing two heavily armed psychopaths is reckless enough, but Tom's got other problems-including his fugitive wife and his own growing fondness for the future millionairess with whom he's risking his neck. The pursuit takes them to a buzzard-infested island deep in Florida Bay, where they finally catch up with the fledgling militia-and their baffled hostage, a Hooters waitress. The climax explodes with the hilarious mayhem that is Carl Hiaasen's hallmark. Lucky You is his funniest, most deliriously gripping novel yet. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Carl Hiaasen's Bad Monkey.
Born a Crime
Author: Trevor Noah
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times • Newsday • Esquire • NPR • Booklist Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love. Praise for Born a Crime “[A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah’s] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “[An] unforgettable memoir.”—Parade “What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her—and an enormous gift to the rest of us.”—USA Today “[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.”—People “[Noah’s] electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories . . . and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class.”—Booklist (starred review) “A gritty memoir . . . studded with insight and provocative social criticism . . . with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations.”—Kirkus Reviews
Author: Emma Viskic
Publisher: Pushkin Vertigo
The acclaimed debut thriller from Australia's most exciting new crimewriting talent. The 2nd Caleb Zelic title, AND FIRE CAME DOWN, will be published October, 2018, and the author is already writing a 3rd installment. Caleb Zelic can't hear you but he sees everything, and he never forgets a face. Caleb Zelic's childhood friend has been brutally murdered - fingers broken, throat slit - at his home in Melbourne. Caleb vows to track down the killer, but he's profoundly deaf; missed words and misread lips can lead to confusion, and trouble. Fortunately, Caleb knows how to read people; a sideways glance, an unconvincing smile, speak volumes. When his friend Frankie, a former cop, offers to help, they soon discover the killer is on their tail. Sensing that his ex-wife may also be in danger, Caleb insists they return to their hometown of Resurrection Bay. But here he learns that everyone - including his murdered friend - is hiding something. And the deeper he digs, the darker the secrets...
Author: Dave Grossman
Publisher: Open Road Media
A controversial psychological examination of how soldiers’ willingness to kill has been encouraged and exploited to the detriment of contemporary civilian society. Psychologist and US Army Ranger Dave Grossman writes that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to pull the trigger in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning, have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. The mental cost for members of the military, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating. The sociological cost for the rest of us is even worse: Contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army’s conditioning techniques and, Grossman argues, is responsible for the rising rate of murder and violence, especially among the young. Drawing from interviews, personal accounts, and academic studies, On Killing is an important look at the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects the soldier, and of the societal implications of escalating violence.
Charlotte is a natural horseperson, and now she has the chance to try out for the Junior Olympic Equestrian Squad! But the academy head already disapproves of her, and Charlotte's roommates aren't above playing dirty tricks to get ahead. Then Charlotte meets the horse she'll be riding in the try-outs . . . Leila is a movie star horse with a diva attitude. But Leila gets the shock of her life when she's kidnapped and ends up at a girls' riding academy in Australia. Her only way back to Hollywood is to reveal her big secret to her rider - yes, Leila can talk. Can the two work together to achieve their dreams? Will Charlotte gain a place in the squad, or is running away her only option? And will Leila find her way back to her beloved film set?