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Book Title: Black Wattle Creek|
Date of issue: May 23rd 2012
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The author of the book: Geoffrey McGeachin
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Read full description of the books Black Wattle Creek:From the winner of the 2011 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel comes a cracking new Charlie Berlin mystery. The insane are running the asylum in this cracking new Charlie Berlin thriller.
It's September 1957, two days before the VFL grand final, and Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin finally has some time off. But there's no rest for this decent, if damaged man, still troubled by his wartime experience as a bomber pilot and POW. A recently widowed friend asks a favour and he's dropped into something much bigger than he bargained for.
When he uncovers dubious practices at a Melbourne funeral parlour, it's quickly obvious that anyone asking questions is also asking for trouble. His offsider is beaten and left for dead, witnesses are warned off, Special Branch is on his case, and even Berlin's young family may be at risk.
His pursuit of the truth leads him to Blackwattle Creek, once an asylum for the criminally insane and now home to even darker evils. And if Berlin thought government machinations during World War II were devious, those of the Cold War leave them for dead . .
A rattling good tale with a dry wit and a sobering core, Black Wattle Creek confirms Geoffrey McGeachin as one of our most entertaining and accomplished crime writers.
Read information about the authorMelbourne-born Geoff McGeachin has spent much of his life shooting pictures for advertising, travel, theatre and feature films. His work has taken him all over the world including stints living in Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong. He is now based in Sydney, where he teaches photography and writes.
His first novel, FAT, FIFTY & F***ED! won the inaugural AUSTRALIAN POPULAR FICTION COMPETITION and was published by Penguin in August 2004. Described by the SUNDAY TASMANIAN as 'one of the most exhilarating debut novels in many moons . . . wildly imaginative, irreverent, bitingly funny, beautifully paced and populated by the sort of characters we'd all love to know', it continues to entertain and amuse Australian and international readers.
Geoff followed up in 2006 with the humorous adventure thriller D-E-D DEAD! which introduced Alby Murdoch, Australian secret agent and international photographer, described by the SUNDAY AGE as, 'a genuine action hero, with a truly Australian irreverence'. The NEWCASTLE HERALD called it ‘a rip roaring and sexy spy novel that is un-put-downable.’
D-E-D DEAD! was nominated for a Ned Kelly Award.
SENSITIVE NEW AGE SPY, described by the SUNDAY TASMANIAN as 'cheekier than a runway full of g-string models', followed in 2007. It was also nominated for a Ned Kelly Award. The third book in the Alby Murdoch trilogy DEAD AND KICKING, was published to excellent reviews in January 2009. THE AGE's Cameron Woodhead wrote: 'McGeachin channels the ghost of Ian Fleming to entertaining effect in this high-octane adventure with a camp, comic gloss.' The SUNDAY TASMANIAN said: 'McGeachin has a real flair for action-adventure writing. His pacing is excellent, his ever-changing scene locations are richly detailed and his plotting is intricate without being cumbersome. Throw in his inimitable sense of humour and you have a sensational combination.'
His fifth novel, THE DIGGERS REST HOTEL, is a crime story set in Albury-Wodonga. The book marked a change of direction for McGeachin and introduced police detective Charlie Berlin, a former bomber pilot and ex-POW with a dark past. Published in June 2010 it was described by Christopher Bantick in THE WEEKLY TIMES as "... a bottler of a book ... terrific in all respects," with the HOBART MERCURY reviewing it as, “a feisty, beautifully researched thriller . . . shot through with brilliant insights and great dialogue, fitfully lit by explosive flashbacks to battle in the air.”
THE DIGGERS REST HOTEL was one of 10 titles selected for the State Library of VIctoria’s SUMMER READS PROGRAMME 2010/11.
THE DIGGERS REST HOTEL won the BEST CRIME FICTION category at the 2011 NED KELLY AWARDS, presented by the Australian Crime Writers Association.
Geoff's follow up book to THE DIGGERS REST HOTEL, BLACKWATTLE CREEK was published by Penguin in 2012. BLACKWATTLE CREEK continues the story of policeman Charlie Berlin ten years on. The book received widespread critical praise and on September 7th at the Brisbane Writers Festival won the BEST CRIME FICTION 2013 NED KELLY AWARD, presented by the Australian Crime Writers Association. The award judges described BLACKWATTLE CREEK as, 'A flawless novel that offers everything one could wish for in crime fiction: an enveloping sense of time and place, well-drawn and compelling characters and a suspenseful story that rips along at a cracking pace while still allowing a thought-provoking theme to be explored.'
A third Charlie Berlin story, ST KILDA BLUES will be published by Penguin in 2014.
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