Blue Mountains Library is taking a forensic look at the world of crime writing with a whole morning dedicated to exploring the many intriguing facets of this genre with some of Australia’s best-selling and award-winning authors.
Join us as we go deep inside the eclectic world of crime as we hear from Dr Rachel Franks on the history of crime writing and the shady, fictional world of the Private Investigator. Meet well-known Australian crime and thriller novelists including Jaye Ford, the award-winning author of Beyond Fear, the highest selling debut crime novel in Australian in 2011, whose four further thrillers have been published in nine languages, and Candice Fox, multiple Ned Kelly award-winning author, who has just-released a much-anticipated collaboration, Never Never, with the best-selling crime novelist, James Patterson. Action-thriller expert, Chris Allen, will introduce us to the high-speed adventures of his Intrepid series. And, finally, take a tour of work from Peter Doyle – also a Ned Kelly award winning crime novelist – based on research into Sydney’s forensic Photography Archive at the Justice and Police Museum by Associate Professor Peter Doyle.
Tickets are just $15, include morning tea and are available from any Library branch or online, CLICK HERE.
Put the date in your diary – SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER AT SPRINGWOOD LIBRARY, 10am to 1pm
Best Read : Tears of the Cheetah by T.M.Clark
Crime : The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman
Australian Author : The Lake House by Kate Morton
General Fiction : Jakob’s Colours by Lindsay Hawdon
Thrillers : Splinter the Silence by Val McDermid and Think of a Number by John Verdon
Saga/Romance : See Me by Nicholas Sparks
The Guilty One a debut novel by Lisa Ballantyne
(London : Piatkus, 2012, 463 pages)
Found on the Adult Fiction shelves at BALLANTYNE
Plot summary : A little boy was found dead in a children’s playground…Daniel Hunter has spent years defending lost causes as a solicitor in London. But his life changes when he is introduced to Sebastian, an eleven-year-old accused of murdering an innocent young boy. As he plunges into the muddy depths of Sebastian’s troubled home life, Daniel thinks back to his own childhood in foster care – and to Minnie, the woman whose love saved him, until she, too, betrayed him so badly that he cut her out of his life.
But what crime did Minnie commit that made Daniel disregard her for fifteen years? And will Daniel’s identification with a child on trial for murder make him question everything he ever believed in? (Fantastic Fiction)
Review : The Guilty One is really two stories in one. I enjoyed the parallel stories and was gripped equally by both. I thought that they complemented each other well and it was possible to draw comparisons between both stories. Daniel’s story was very moving and also intriguing and all the way through I did not know whether Sebastian had been responsible for Ben’s death and it was impossible to predict the trial’s outcome. Ballantyne’s switchback narrative plunges us in and out of Daniel’s past and Sebastian’s trial, asking interesting questions about guilt, innocence, and complicity.
An assured and confident debut novel.