Crime Novel

Ep.168 Sticks and Stones by Katherine Firkin, Book News-Cassie Hamer, Writing First pages with Lee Koffman, The BookShop Darwin NT

A terrifying, twisting debut from TV news journalist Katherine Firkin. It’s time for a killer to leave his mark.

It’s winter in Melbourne and Detective Emmett Corban is starting to regret his promotion to head of the Missing Persons Unit, as the routine reports pile up on his desk.

So when Natale Gibson goes missing, he’s convinced this is the big case he’s been waiting for – the woman’s husband and parents insist the devoted mother would never abandon her children, and her personal accounts remain untouched.

But things aren’t all they seem. The close-knit Italian family is keeping secrets – none bigger than the one Natale has been hiding.  Just as the net seems to be tightening, the investigation is turned on its head. The body of a woman is found . . . then another.

What had seemed like a standard missing person’s case has turned into a frightening hunt for a serial killer, and time is running out.  But to really understand these shocking crimes, Emmett and his team will need to delve back through decades of neglect – back to a squalid inner-city flat, where a young boy is left huddling over his mother’s body . . .

Cassie Hamer

Allen & Unwin’s new imprint for diverse voices JOAN, curated by Nakkiah Lui.  Indigenous Literacy Day on 2nd September, Canberra Writers Festival, Pip Williams’s new book, The Bookbinder of Jericho from Affirm Press.

New releases:

  • The Good Teacher by Petronella McGovern
  • The Burning Island by Jock Serong
  • Bluebird by Malcome Knox
  • The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall
  • Elena Ferrante
  • Non-fiction: This One Wild Precious Life by Sarah Wilson

Book Shop: Sean Guy from The Book Shop in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Recommended books:







Writing Class with Dr. Lee Kofman.  This week’s topic:  Writing an engaging first page with examples from Philip Roth, Scott Fitzgerald, and Arundhati Roy.

Dr. Lee Koffman is a Russian-born Israeli-Australian author of five books and editor of two anthologies, writing teacher and mentor based in Melbourne.

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