Review | Tuesday 01 May 2007
A chilling verse novel by one of Melbournes leading poets, Dorothy Porter (The Monkeys Mask). A serial child killer stalks the streets of Melbourne. He kills his victims gently and places a gold mark on their heads - the mark of El Dorado. The difference with this serial killer is that he kills out of love instead of hate. In fact, he kills to preserve and protect childhood innocence. Porter skillfully places an old childhood friendship between Bill, a homicide detective, and Cath, who works in Hollywood, at the scene of the murder investigation - highlighting the comfort of friendship in the unstable modern world. Dorothy Porters El Dorado explores the fantasy world that entraps both adults and children, similar to Guillermo del Torros recent film, Pans Labyrinth. El Dorado is my first foray into crime fiction - and what a fantastic introduction.