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Have a BAD weekend!

This weekend, 1-2 September, is the second BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival. On Sunday at the Justice & Police Museum, see Candice Fox, Mark Tedeschi, forensic shrink Tim Watson-Munro, Adam Shand and Daily Telegraph crime editor Mark Morri. Plus Caroline Baum and Sue Turnbull on Nordic Noir. Plus a judge… Keep Reading

Have a BAD Weekend!

This weekend is the second BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival. On Sunday at the Justice & Police Museum, see Candice Fox, Mark Tedeschi, forensic shrink Tim Watson-Munro, Adam Shand and Daily Telegraph crime editor Mark Morri. Plus Caroline Baum and Sue Turnbull on Nordic Noir. Plus a judge and ex-detectives.… Keep Reading

BAD Program launch

The second Sydney Crime Writers Festival will open with bank robber and prison escapee Carl Synnerdahl, who in the 1970s fooled Fred Hollows – and the NSW justice system – into believing he was blind. The film Hoodwink is based on his memoirs. The festival’s program (attached) and ticket sales… Keep Reading

Police Rowers

An interesting link between several corrupt police officers was their participation in competitive rowing. Possibly this sport’s popularity, among police generally, was due to the fact it was the international version of the surf boat competitions common off Sydney’s beaches. The seminal event was the participation by the all-police Men’s… Keep Reading

Real Detectives

The ABC RN has had  a beaut interview with Detective Inspector Gary Jubelin and ex-cop and author Duncan McNab, about some of the differences between crime in books and on screen, and crime in life. There are some fascinating insights in the story on the ABC website, which links to… Keep Reading

BAD: Crime on film, this Sunday

This weekend the first BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival kicks off. See the website for details. One session we highly recommend is a panel discussion of crime on film and TV. The panel is first-rate. Sue Turnbull, who reviews crime fiction for the Sydney Morning Herald, Graeme Blundell, who does… Keep Reading

BAD Domestic Noir

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Sydney crime novelist Megan Goldin will be appearing at this year’s BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival. What is this thing called Domestic Noir? http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/inaugural-sydney-crime-writing-festival-explores-the-drama-of-domestic-noir-20170807-gxrfe4.html 2-3 September, Justice & Police Museum, see: www.BadSydney.com   Keep Reading

New: a Sydney Crime Writers’ Festival!

At last, Sydney is to have its own Crime Writers Festival, called BAD. There's been a need for this for years - the Sydney Writers Festival does a fine job, but crime can only ever be a small part of what it does. Meanwhile, the audience for crime books - fiction and non-fiction - has been booming. Keep Reading

The Askin money trail

After the death of Robert Askin in 1981 it was claimed that the Australian Tax Office had taken much of his estate in unpaid taxes. The implication was that he’d been a tax-avoider and there wasn’t much left. As with so much of the criticism of Askin, there  was no evidence… Keep Reading

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