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Imagined Crime

Murder in the Mountains First in a series set in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. Such regional crime series are hugely popular in the northern hemisphere, but not in Australia — so far. The Blue Mountains is a superb setting, with its foggy towns amidst a wild and dangerous… Keep Reading

Reasonable Doubt by Hamish McDonald

Here is the big story of the framing of six Croatian immigrants by the Australian police and justice establishment in 1979. All these eminent Australians – from corrupt cops to distinguished judges – were suckered by an agent provocateur employed by the Yugloslav government. The aim was to discredit the… Keep Reading

Richard Beasley

Beasley is just about the best crime novelist writing about Sydney at the moment, and among the best in the country, so long as you include courtroom dramas as crime books. His Peter Tanner series is world class, with two out so far – Cyanide Games and The Burden of… Keep Reading

The Dark Side by Small and Gilling

Amazing story of Mark Standen, third most powerful officer in the NSW Crime Commission until his arrest for corruption in 2008 and subsequent conviction. Always a flakey character, with a major gambling addiction, chaotic private life, and an expensive relationship with a work colleague half his age – how did… Keep Reading

The Clarke Gang

Peter C Smith is author of The Clarke Gang, the comprehensive history of a strangely little known gang of bushrangers who operated in the 1860s around the lonely Braidwood area in New South Wales, and murdered as many as seven people. Coming from a family of bush criminals, Thomas and John… Keep Reading

Wayne Grogan

Heavy Allies is an extraordinarily good and extraordinarily unknown novel about the Nugan Hand Bank and the Sydney underworld of the 1970s. The writing takes it to a level rarely reached by crime fiction, yet is entirely appropriate for its subject. Rarely do we see these things written about so well.… Keep Reading

Barry Maitland

Although a resident of the Hunter Valley, Barry Maitland is best known for his successful Kolla & Brock series set in London. In more recent years, however, he has written a strong trilogy about NSW Homicide Squad detective Harry Belltree. It involves more violence than the UK series, and has a… Keep Reading

Candice Fox

One of the most intriguing – and successful – of the younger crime novelists, Fox reportedly has been an avid reader of crime books since her early teens. Her first outing, Hades, showed the thriller-like treatment of the police procedural that is popular in America but which we haven’t seen… Keep Reading

Bad by Michael Duffy

When Terry Falconer’s body turned up in the Hastings River in eight parcels in 2001, detective Gary Jubelin was assigned the investigation. It took  decade and led him to Anthony Perish, one of Australia’s most feared – and unknown – major criminals. Along the way, Jubelin uncovered a major amphetamine-manufacturing… Keep Reading

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