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Top Five Crime 2016


There was lots of great crime this year. These are five of my favourites:

The Dry by Jane HarperJane Harper’s debut crime novel The Dry was a revelation. A classic crime novel in a classic, rural Australian setting, with strong characters dealing with universal issues.

Darktown by Thomas MullenThomas Mullen exposed modern attitudes in Darktown – a tense, multi-strand procedural set in 1948 Atlanta.

Black Teeth by Zane LovittZane Lovitt is likely to be back in award contention for his second novel, Black Teeth, a highly original, dark Australian crime novel with humour as black as its title suggests.

The Hit by Nadia DalbuonoNadia Dalbuono’s Leone Scarmacio series keeps getting better with this third outing. In The Hit, Scarmacio is dealing with a kidnapping that threatens to expose his own mafia past.

Dodgers by Bill BeverlyDouble Golden Dagger winner, Bill Beverly’s Dodgers is a timely crime debut that delves deep into the psyche of modern America.




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