Category Archives: Australian noir

Perth and crime fiction: an imaginary garden with real toads

A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed Zero At the Bone, the latest book by Perth based crime writer, David Whish-Wilson. Zero At the Bone is a sequel to Whish-Wilson’s 2010 book, Line of Sight, which established him firmly in my mind as the … Continue reading

Book review: Zero At the Bone

A couple of months ago I wrote an piece for the Guardian Australia’s Oz Culture Blog on why I think the most exciting crime fiction in Australia at the moment is coming out of the West. It has something to … Continue reading

Crime writers find fertile ground in the red dirt of Western Australia

When Dave Warner’s City of Light appeared in 1995, Western Australia’s crime writing scene resembled one of the late night streets of seventies Perth described so vividly in his book: totally devoid of life. City of Light, which jointly won the 1996 … Continue reading

Book review: Wake in Fright

Rural noir is big at the moment, if the interest in US writers like Donald Ray Pollock, Cormac McCarthy and Daniel Woodrell, is anything to go by. While it is not be as well known, Kenneth Cook’s 1961 novel Wake … Continue reading

This Christmas give the gift of Ghost Money

Okay, it’s been a long year and like you, as 2012 draws to a close, I’m pretty much over everything. But before I take a few weeks break from the blog, I wanted to pull on your collective coats one … Continue reading