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Katherine Howell

Katherine Howell has written an eight-book series about detective Ella Marconi, now concluded. The books draw on Howell’s own background as a paramedic. Note: This entry is what Wikipedia would call a “stub”, the brevity due solely to lack of time. We would welcome more words, from author, publisher or admirers,… Keep Reading

George Freeman: an autobiography

Freeman self-published his memoirs in 1988. Unreliable though they are where his own criminality is concerned, they contain a lot of interesting reflections on the world of crime and the NSW police force. Freeman was one of the most successful of Sydney’s crime bosses, and as this publication suggests, he sometimes… Keep Reading

Sydney Crime Fiction

Relatively little crime fiction based in Sydney was published before the Australian publishing boom of the 1980s. Exceptions included the 18 books by two sisters known as Margot Neville, starting in 1945, and the books by Pat Flower from the 1950s to the 1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s three… Keep Reading

Gabrielle Lord

Along with Jon Cleary and Peter Corris, Lord was the major Sydney crime novelist in the 1980s and 1990s, and continues be a significant writer. Her first published novel, based on a  real event, was Fortress (1980), published internationally. She has published series about ex-cop PI Gemma Lincoln and forensic scientist… Keep Reading


Two books in, this series about detective Nhu Kelly is impressive. Newton is a former cop and her novels reek of authenticity. Few writers anywhere in the world have captured so accurately what police work is like. Sometime they go a bit too far – too much of repetition, office… Keep Reading

Michael Duffy

Young detective Nicholas Troy is a hard man to like, stuck in a difficult marriage, inarticulate, and mildly depressive. The two multi-viewpoint novels in the series to date are intelligent and delve into how Sydney works to an extent unusual and refreshing in crime novels, withThe Tower looking at construction… Keep Reading

Peter Corris

The Cliff Hardy novels began with The Dying Trade in 1980 and the fortieth, Gun Control, appeared in 2015. They are short and written in the first person. The first few books aspired to some baroque language, but the series then settled down to a plainess of language that matched… Keep Reading

Tony Reeves

Author of ground-breaking journalism that contributed to the establishment of the 1973 Moffitt Royal Commission, Reeves remained for many years one of Australia’s leading lay experts on organised crime. Much later in life he published his popular biographies of Lennie McPherson (2005), Abe Saffron (2007), and George Freeman (2011). Gripping though… Keep Reading

Jon Cleary

The popular twenty-book series about homicide detective Scobie Malone was published from 1966 to 2004, with a hiatus in 1973 to 1987. It is probably the best-selling Australian crime series, and the most successful overseas due to Cleary’s reputation from other novels such as The Sundowners.< All crime novels are… Keep Reading

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