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Top 5 Crime Fiction 2020

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
Stuart Turton’s second book is a heady mix of history, the occult and mystery. Set on an Indiaman plying the route from Batavia to the Netherlands in the 17th Century, The Devil and the Dark Water creates an engaging sense of mystery and suspense and keeps the pages turning right up to the satisfying conclusion.
Blacktop Wasteland by SA Cosby
SA Cosby’s debut is the story of a two characters who just happen to be the same person – family man and struggling business owner Beauregard and Bug, the retired but still keen to go getaway driver and criminal mastermind. Blacktop Wasteland explores what happens when those worlds collide.
Consolation by Garry Disher
Garry Disher is one of the foremost chroniclers of rural Australia in any genre. Consolation is the third book to feature Paul Hirschhausen, a former detective now local cop in a small South Australian country town.
In the Clearing by J P Pomare
In his second novel, JP Pomare riffs on the true story of The Family, an Australian cult that “acquired” children in the 1960s and 70s. In the Clearing is a compulsive thriller that explores the power of the cult leader and ongoing legacy on those involved.
The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan
Dervla McTiernan’s third book The Good Turn focuses less on her main character Cormac Reilly and more on his offsider Peter Fisher in a series that continues to improve with every entry.

Honourable Mentions

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
Megan Goldin shifts gears again for her third novel The Night Swim which tackles the issue of sexual abuse and the law.
When She Was Good by Michael Robotham
Michael Robotham’s second Cyrus Haven thriller When She Was Good is every bit as good as the Gold Dagger-winning first.
The Kingdom by Jo Nesbo
Norwegian crime superstar Jo Nesbo delivers a dark rural standalone thriller in which the ends always justify the means and family trumps everything in The Kingdom.
The Survivors by Jane Harper
After rural Victoria and outback Queensland, Jane Harper moved to coastal Tasmania for a thriller involving a murder and the ongoing aftermath of a tragedy in The Survivors.

Seven Years of Darkness by You-Jeong Jeong
Seven Years of Darkness is a new translation of an award winning 2011 novel of secrets, murder and revenge by Korean thriller writer You-Jeong Jeong
Either Side of Midnight by Benjamin Stevenson
Ben Stevenson’s second novel Either Side of Midnight once again featuring ex-journalist and disgraced podcaster Jack Quick has two impossible murders and deals with the power of words.

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