This week we are exploring the wonderful world of crime fiction – the crims, the heists and the cops that catch them.
Most of the time we draw our crime reading from the international fare – dominated for a long time by the Brits, we cut our teeth on Agatha Christie and moved on to the proper novels of PD James, there are the delicious tales of Donna Leon’s Venetian Brunetti series, the terrifying tales of Swedish Henning Mankle. But what about Aussie fiction? Drawing on our criminal past and the harshness of the landscape, Australian crime writers are making their mark.
First up with hear from Derek Hansen who manages to mix comedy, hit men, $3 million bucks and a small drought ravaged town in his novel, A Man You Can Bank On. We'll hear from writer Ross Gibson, who spent five years in the attic of the Justice & Police Museum filtering through half a million crime scene negatives from the 1940s and '50s.
And later in the show we learn about the latest James Bond instalment by Jeffery Deaver.
Derek Hansen, A Man You Can Bank On, published by Hachette – interviewed by Neda Vanovac
Ross Gibson, The Summer Exercise, published by the University of Western Australia Press – interviewed by Jeanavive McGregor
Jeffery Deaver, Carte Blanche – review by Neda Vanovac
Show produced by Neda Vanovac and Jeanavive McGregor