LONG TIME DEAD
By Tony Black
(Preface Publishing $33)
THERE’S crime and there’s Scottish crime — a
leaner, meaner place altogether. Ex-journalist Gus
Dury is trying to overcome his fascination for the
bottle when his friend Hod cons him into trying
his luck as a private investigator. A university
student has been found dead on campus. The
police are treating it as suicide but his famous
actress mother thinks differently and is offering a
substantial reward. Gus needs the money and
isn’t afraid to shove his Doc Martens into the mix.
An unlikely, punch-drunk hero, he shows us
Edinburgh at its rawest. Gritty as always, Black
puts his man through the wringer.
LIKE BEING A WIFE
(Random House, $24.95)
THIS is just one of the stories in Harris’s loosely
linked collection of short stories about family,
friendship, work, love and loss. With wry humour
and the ability to really get to the heart of family
matters, Harris’s stories engage the reader and
leave us wanting more.
ANIMAL KINGDOM, A Crime Story
(Victory Books, $30)
ANIMAL Kingdom has been adapted from the film
of the same name, written and directed by David
Michod. Set against the familiar backdrop of the
Melbourne underworld, Sewell takes us into the
minds and motivations of the film characters, with
murder and mayhem the order of the day.
— SUE STEVENSON