The Big Whatever

Another delightful historical crime novel from Peter Doyle starring his much-loved petty crim Billy Glasheen. Billy’s putting on the years but that doesn’t stop him engaging fully in various crooked romps in the late 1960s and early 1970s Sydney underworld, as illegal drugs take over from more innocent types of crime. The musical detail is fetching. Like its predecessors, the book is a well written and well observed take on this city’s alternative history. We love it.

Great pic by Jon Fabian on the cover, which the publisher says shows Brougham Street Woolloomooloo circa 1976. We tried to find the spot this morning and below is the best we could come up with. We’re pretty sure it’s the same place but doesn’t look much like it any more …

 

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