There are three ways to play a crime story. You can play it straight, making the most of the conventions of the genre. You can bend the conventions and the genre itself all the way around. Or you can take the genre deeper into the human mind and soul. These dozen stories play it every way there is, and they’re like nothing you’ve ever read.
Melbourne in the last decade of the millennium feels like a hard-boiled fiction or a noir film, with corruption in the air and on the ground. Six short stories and a novella circle the city’s decay, spiral towards a thrilling conclusion and fuse into a new kind of crime fiction.
Two of Garry Disher’s seminal collections of fiction, collected together for the first time. If you love Garry’s literary fiction or crime fiction, his longer or shorter works—this collection has it all, and usually all at once.
A concentration camp—on Australian soil. Men are separated from their families by barbed wire. They have committed no crimes; they try to explain to their children that they’re not in prison. It feels like prison. They’re told it’s only temporary, there are processes in train. Nothing changes. There are riots. Plans to escape. It is 1942.
Past the Headlands is a sweeping story of north-west Australia and south-east Asia at the beginning of the Pacific War in 1941. The fall of Malaya and Singapore and the bombing of Darwin—what looked like the invasion of Australia—ebb and crash over a man’s long search to find a home and a woman’s determination to keep hers, connected by old memories and new betrayals. It is a thriller and a romance, a story of earth and water, air and metal—an unforgettable ride through the most precarious time in our region’s recent history.
From the author of the international best-selling Tales of the Otori comes a new story about the seduction and peril of stories themselves: the power they hold over their tellers and listeners, and the way they can shape both the past and the future.
The Sunken Road is many roads, taking different paths through the terrain of a life, a family, a history and a region. It is a road called Loss, a road called Secrets, a road called Love—and a road called Sunken. Lyrical, expansive and profoundly moving, this is a novel like no other.
One of the most important books in Australian literature, <em>My Brilliant Career</em> launched Miles Franklin’s literary career when she was twenty-two years old—with some help from the better-established writer Henry Lawson. It has since propelled the careers of dozens of Australian writers through the Miles Franklin Award she founded and the Stella Prize she inspired.
A postmodern serial killer thriller. The world’s greatest writers of Multiple Homicide Fiction are gathered for a festival—only to be killed in ways that hauntingly recall their most famous works. Local author Rachel Stern finds herself on the hunt for the shadowy Reader—but will she end up on his list?