Great Australian crime reads

 Read reviewResurrection Bay

Resurrection Bay

Emma Viskic

Caleb Zelic, profoundly deaf since early childhood, has always lived on the outside watching, picking up tell-tale signs people hide in a smile, a cough, a kiss. When a childhood friend is murdered, a sense of guilt and a...

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Never Never

Never Never

James Patterson, Candice Fox

Detective Harriet Blue needs to get out of town, fast. With her brother under arrest for a series of brutal murders in Sydney, Harry's chief wants the hot-headed detective kept far from the press. So he assigns her a deadly new...

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A Few Right Thinking Men

A Few Right Thinking Men

Sulari Gentill

A Few Right Thinking Men is set in the 1930s, in the thick of the Depression, but more importantly amid a growing fear of communism. The story is based around the character of Rowland Sinclair, the youngest of the very wealthy...

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Crucifixion Creek: The Belltree Trilogy (Book One)

Crucifixion Creek: The Belltree Trilogy (Book One)

Barry Maitland

First published in Australiain 2014 by The Text Publishing Company.

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Life or Death

Michael Robotham

**Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award 2015**

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Cocaine Blues: Phryne Fisher's Murder Mysteries 1

Cocaine Blues: Phryne Fisher’s Murder Mysteries 1

Kerry Greenwood

It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant Phyrne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. Bored by the endless round of parties and in search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in...

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The Serpent's Sting

The Serpent’s Sting

Robert Gott

William Power, actor and sometime-private inquiry agent, has returned from the Northern Territory, shaken, stirred, and generally discombobulated. I survived the tropics with my life and my looks intact, despite the best efforts...

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Sucked In

Sucked In

Shane Maloney

Now pushing fifty, Murray Whelan is spinning his wheels in parliament - a toothless cog in Labor's stalled political machine. But when the remains of a long-lost union official are found in dried-up Lake Nillahcootie, Murray soon...

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The Rules of Backyard Cricket

The Rules of Backyard Cricket

Jock Serong

Unusual crime thriller, two brothers share a love of cricket and rise to fame but their character differences divide them.

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Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil

Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil

Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta's gripping new novel Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is part family saga, part crime fiction, and wholly unputdownable.Chief Inspector Bish Ortley of the London Met, divorced and still...

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Dead in the Water

Dead in the Water

Tania Chandler

Dead in the Water is about trying to escape the cycle of trauma. It delves into the darkness beneath the surface of fear, betrayal, and revenge, to find a glimmer of hope.

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Eden

Eden

Candice Fox

Originally published: North Sydney, N.S.W., Australia: Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2015.

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Quota

Quota

Jock Serong

A crime thriller by a lawyer whose own experiences inspired this depiction of the clash between city and country ways.

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In the Morning I'll be Gone

In the Morning I’ll be Gone

Adrian McKinty

Sean Duffy's got nothing. And when you've got nothing to lose, you have everything to gain. So when MI5 come knocking, Sean knows exactly what they want, and what he'll want in return, but he hasn't got the first idea how to get...

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What Came Before

What Came Before

Anna George

My name is David James Forrester. I'm a solicitor. Tonight, at 6.10, I killed my wife. This is my statement.' In Melbourne's inner west, David sits in his car, dictaphone in hand. He's sick to his stomach but determined to record...

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The Cartographer

The Cartographer

Peter Twohig

Set in Melbourne in the 1950s, a 11-year-old boy witnesses a murder when he is spying through a window of a strange house.

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The Broken Shore

The Broken Shore

Peter Temple

Joe Cashin was different once. He moved easily then; was surer and less thoughtful. But there are consequences when you've come so close to dying. For Cashin, they included a posting away from the world of Homicide to the quiet...

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Kingdom of the Strong

Tony Cavanaugh

Acclaimed crime writer Tony Cavanaugh is back with a gripping new novel featuring Australia's answer to Michael Connelly's Hieronymus Bosch - Darian Richards.

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White Dog

White Dog

Peter Temple

Winner of the 2003 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel. Mickey Frances was funny and clever, but there was always something dangerous about him. Now he's been shot five times and his old girlfriend charged with murder. Jack...

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 Read reviewGood Money

Good Money

J.M. Green

Introducing Stella Hardy, a wise-cracking social worker with a thirst for social justice, good laksa, and alcohol.Stella's phone rings. A young African boy, the son of one of her clients, has been murdered in a dingy...

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The Tall Man

Chloe Hooper

The story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty minutes later lay dead in a watch-house cell. It is the story of that policeman, the tall, enigmatic Christopher...

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Joe Cinque's Consolation

Joe Cinque’s Consolation

Helen Garner

In October 1997, a clever young student at the ANU murdered her boyfriend. She and her best friend were later charged with murder. Garner followed the trial in the ACT Supreme Court. This book is about how and why Joe Cinque died....

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