This is an all Australian Top 5 fiction for 2017 (in no particular order and with four international honourable mentions).
Jock Serong’s On The Java Ridge moved away from crime and created a humanist thriller out of Australia’s border protection policies.
Michael Sala’s The Restorer centred on a family trying to put a violent past behind them in 1980s Newcastle.
Mark Brandi’s debut, Wimmera, was a timely exploration of child sexual abuse and its impacts.
In City of Crows, Chris Womersley explored the power of belief in seventeenth century Paris.
Another great debut, Tony Jones created Australia’s very won Day of the Jackal in The Twentieth Man.
Honourable (international) mentions:
House of Names by Colm Toibin was a retelling of Greek myth.
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, a historical novel set in the New York shipbuilding yards in World War II.
Spoils by Brian van Reet took readers into both sides of the invasion of Iraq.
Munich by Robert Harris, a thriller set around the famous meeting between Chamberlain and Hitler in 1938.