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About Me:
According to the publicity posters I’m a former journalist and ghostwriter turned novelist and thriller writer.

My books are published in 23 languages including Korean, Indonesian, Hebrew and Estonian (don't ask me if the translations are any good.)

I am also world Uno champion. (I use the term ‘world’ as a similar vein to baseball’s ‘world series’ which features no teams from outside of America. My Uno title featured no players from outside my immediate family. I beat my then six-year-old daughter in a grueling final.) Since then I have refused a rematch and become the reclusive Bobby Fisher of Uno.

I can most often be found working in his 'pit of despair' (basement office) on Sydney’s northern beaches where I fund the extravagant lifestyles of a wife and three daughters.
I Am A:
Books And Authors I Like:
James Lee Burke,
George Pelecanos,
Michael Connelly,
Don Winslow,
Andrew Taylor,
Peter Hoeg,
Charles Willieford,
John Harvey,
Ian Rankin,
Salman Rushdie,
F. Scott Fitzgerald,
John Irving,
Joseph Heller,
Gabriel Garcia Marquez,
Richard Ford,
John Banville
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
The West Wing,
Boston Legal,
The Sopranos,
Phone Box,
The Inside Man

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Dear guys and gals,

SHATTER launched this week Stateside, you may have noticed the ticker-tape parades and fireworks.

Given the current state of the US economy and publishing in general, I have everything crossed. It's a tough environment to gain any traction, but at least I have a house and a job. (Saying that, most of my friends don't think writing is a proper job. They don't understand how tough it is. It's like pulling teeth. It's like juggling hand grenades. Believe… Continue

Posted on March 20, 2009 at 11:00am

A Writer's Life

Hi guys and gals,

People are always telling me I should blog. They say it’s a brilliant marketing tool and a way of keeping in regular contact with readers by giving them something extra.

I fall into the Stephen King school when it comes to revealing my ‘writer’s life’. Basically, I sit on my ass. Who wants to read about that? Or to steal from Otto von Bismarck, ‘Writing is like sausages. You sleep far better the less you know how they are made.’

Having stated… Continue

Posted on July 26, 2008 at 4:02pm



I’m back and I come bearing gifts, or at least a new book. Contrary to some of the wilder rumours floating about, I have not been in rehab with Amy Winehouse for the past six months (my Tipex sniffing is under control). Nor did I go ‘into the wild’ bedding down with Polar bears in Alaska. You can also rule out a mystery illness, cosmetic surgery, prison time or a sex change.

I have spent the past five months on a grand tour of Europe and North… Continue

Posted on March 28, 2008 at 12:19pm


I was going to tell you all to strap on the your Mae Wests (life vests) but that would suggest THE NIGHT FERRY was about to go the way of the Titanic on its maiden voyage. That ain’t going to happen. We’re avoiding all icebergs and sailing into a long hot summer.

And to kick it off, the LA Times has given THE NIGHT FERRY an absolutely rave 1000-word review. Staff writer Tim Ruttan called it ‘a vibrant and utterly contemporary new mystery’ and went on to write, ‘THE NIGHT FERRY is an…


Posted on July 8, 2007 at 4:48pm


Hi guys,

My first blog on Crimespace and it's a biggie!!

Cue the drum roll and clash of cymbals - THE NIGHT FERRY has hit the bookshops…


Posted on May 1, 2007 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

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At 2:22pm on March 25, 2009, Stephanie Padilla, Editor-NewMysteryReader.com said…
Hi Michael,

Just finished "Shatter"....I loved it! I recently found out a good friend has Parkinson's and so it was really helpful to read of a hero with the same. Excellent read, and I plan on having a postive review up soon on New Mystery Reader.

Thanks for yet another excellent read!

Stephanie Padilla, Editor-New Mystery Reader
At 5:44pm on February 27, 2009, Jon Jordan said…
Shatter Rocks!!!
Is it too soon to ask for the next one? :)
At 2:44pm on February 27, 2009, Stephanie Padilla, Editor-NewMysteryReader.com said…
Thanks, will do, Michael...and will also check out the Marquez books. Hopefully there's something I can share with my Dad and Grandmother. I think, personally, there's much to be said about literature with a definate cultural slant. Not sure if you've read John Nicols, or if you want to, but he does manage to make sense out of an area that is close to me...he gets it with a kindness and empathy rarely seen...photos are great too..
At 5:01pm on February 25, 2009, Stephanie Padilla, Editor-NewMysteryReader.com said…
Going to go against the grain here and bring up a writer on your list of favorites....I'm inspired to read Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Can't believe I haven't yet! And definately, am looking foward to your latest as well..

At 11:24pm on January 15, 2009, Dorte said…
Hi Michael.
I wish I were a very influential reviewer! Based on my impression of your first book, I really think your books deserve being translated into Danish. I looked for Danish reviews via Google and I could see there were not many. Perhaps because Danes look towards Britain & Scandinavia for inspiration?
What I can do, I shall do, however. I posted a Danish review + a short English abstract on my first blog (a December experiment) but one of these days I´ll copy it onto my new blog which is read by more crime fiction fans :)
And thank you for your encouragement. Sometimes I really need a kick in a certain part of my anatomy to keep up my writing ;) Blogging gives you much more immediate feedback.
At 1:00am on January 15, 2009, Dorte said…
Thanks for adding me as a friend :)

I came across "The Suspect" (Danish translation) at my local library in December, read it, enjoyed it and reviewed it on my crime fiction blog. So of course you should only blog if you like it, but since my first go at it 6 weeks ago I have realized I enjoy it ever so much - even though it takes an awful lot of time I could have spent on work, family, reading books, trying to write books etc :)
At 1:33pm on October 15, 2008, Sara J. Henry said…
I'm just back from Bouchercon in Baltimore - where I was temporarily and accidentally famous (they thought I was someone else - http://twitter.com/sarahw/statuses/958070119). All good, busy rewriting and getting ready for winter.
At 1:20am on September 26, 2008, Linda Brown said…
We'd love to have you any time you can make it. But if your book is due out in March, talk to your publishers about the LA Times Festival of Books the 4th weekend in April. About 150,000 people traipse thru the fest during the weekend, and our booth is the largest mystery presence...
At 2:42am on September 25, 2008, Linda Brown said…
Hi, Michale. When are you coming back to L.A.? We miss you at The Mystery Bookstore! Linda
At 11:48pm on August 31, 2008, JJ Cooper said…
Congrats on the win. Well deserved.


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