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Melbourne, Victoria
About Me:
I am a novelist living in Melbourne. My novel Ghostlines is published by Scribe Publications.
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Charles McCarry, Peter Temple, Georges Simenon, David Mitchell, Nam Le

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Should recurring characters get older?

Swedish novelist Henning Mankell recently called a halt to his mega-bestselling Inspector Wallander series with the novel The Troubled Man.  According to an interview that Mankell gave to the BBC, Wallander is now aged over 60 and is brooding over his life. "I let Wallander look backwards to see 'What did I do with my life?',  and for him it is a bit…


Posted on September 24, 2011 at 7:28pm — 2 Comments

Roberto Bolano has invented a new genre of crime writing

At the close of his book of essays How Fiction Works, literary critic James Wood writes: "The writer has to act as if the available novelistic methods are continually about to turn into mere convention and so has to outwit that inevitable ageing. The true writer is one who must always be acting as if life were a category beyond anything the novel had yet grasped."

This is as good a notion as any when thinking about Roberto…


Posted on March 3, 2010 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Eric Ambler's left wing spy thrillers

The English thriller writer Eric Ambler (1909-1998) is undergoing a revival – five of his classic novels from the 1930s have recently been republished by Penguin Classics. Ambler was called “our greatest thriller writer” by Graham Greene, who wasn’t bad at it himself, and Ambler is often cited as the precursor to writers such as John le Carre.

I’ve just read Ambler’s A Coffin for Demetrios (1939) and despite the obvious period touches (people communicating by ‘pneumatique’,… Continue

Posted on January 16, 2010 at 6:28pm

A powerful killing scene ... by Thomas Hardy

He may not be a crime writer, but ...

I've recently reread Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, which overall is a grim, depressing and tiresome novel. But one scene that impressed me was the pig-killing episode early in the book. Hardy isn't really noted as a writer about violence but I found this more powerful than many supposedly shocking scenes in novels of our own day. It occurs early in the novel when Jude and his… Continue

Posted on September 26, 2009 at 12:02pm — 2 Comments

Researching history with Marshall Browne, Robert Wilson and Glen David Gold

I first came across Marshall Browne a few years ago when I read The Wooden Leg of Inspector Anders, about a one-legged detective investigating the Mafia in the south of Italy. Having once lived in a southern Italian town I was impressed by Browne's ability to portray that society, and I liked his investigator, Anders - an eccentric, introspective elderly cop with a false leg. A few years later Browne created Franz Schmidt, a German investigator with some similarities to Anders - he's a… Continue

Posted on September 5, 2009 at 9:30pm

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At 12:15pm on July 25, 2009, Lee Martin said…
Hi Nick,

My name is Lee Martin and I would like to welcome you to Crime Space. I have found there are a lot of nice people here and they have a lot of information to spread around. Again welcome............


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