Top 5 Crime 2019

Peace by Garry Disher
Garry Disher returns to rural South Australia and disgraced detective Paul “Hirsch” Hirschhausen in Peace, the unexpected but welcome follow up to Bitterwash Road.
The Rip by Mark Brandi
The serious crime is almost in the background in Mark Brandi’s The Rip but there is plenty of crime and criminality in this exploration of homelessness and the pull of addiction.
Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke
Attica Locke follows up the award winning Bluebird, Bluebird with Heaven, My Home. Ranger Darren Matthews investigates a missing child in a case that involves white supremacists and the tangled history of East Texas in the shadow of the election of Donald Trump.
The Wife and the Widow by Christian White
Christian White asks how well we really know the people we love in his twisty and atmospheric second novel The Wife and the Widow.
Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman
Laura Lippman uses a true crime as the basis for a wide exploration of Baltimore in the 1960s in The Lady in the Lake.

Honourable Mentions

The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan
Dervla McTiernan’s The Scholar is the follow up to her award winning debut The Ruin
Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham
Michael Robotham starts a new series with a forensic psychiatrist and a damaged teen in Good Girl, Bad Girl

The Chair by Adrian McKinty
Adrian McKinty delivers a copulsive, high concept thriller in The Chain

Snake Island by Ben Hobson
Ben Hobson’s Snake Island is Australian rural noir – a violent elegy which has the feel of Cormac McCarthy
Things in Jars by Jess Kidd
Jess Kidd delivers the supernatural, Victorian, kick-arse female detective you didn’t know you needed in Things in Jars

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