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How 25 years in the Victorian Police Force shaped D L Hicks' debut crime novel The Devil Inside

In a peaceful coastal town, a young woman is found brutally murdered, a piece of scripture held tightly in her hand. Local detective Charlotte Callaghan is put on the case, and she’s glad for the distraction – Gull Bay can be a hard place to keep a secret, and she’s holding on to a few.

A gripping crime novel about murder, betrayal and the monsters who hide in plain sight, The Devil Inside examines the line between good and evil, and how circumstance can alter a person’s life in the blink of an eye.

In this episode, Max Lewis chatted to D L Hicks about how his two-decades of service to the Victorian Police Force influenced the twists and turns of his debut novel.

 


 

Emma Viskic took a road trip with Jock Serong, Sulari Gentill and Robert Gott
 
Critically acclaimed and bestselling author of the ‘Caleb Zelic’ series, Emma Viskic, is back with book four: ‘Darkness for Light.’
 
In this episode of the Good Reading podcast, Emma shares the challenges of writing a deaf detective, Sulari Gentill’s favourite travel snack, and why she steers clear of supernatural horror.

 

 'Journalists have license to put their nose where it's not wanted': Chris Hammer on 'Silver'

For half a lifetime, journalist Martin Scarsden has run from his past. But now there is no escaping.

In Silver the follow-up to the bestselling Scrublands, Chris Hammer continues the story of Martin Scarsden as he returns to his hometown of Port Silver. Soon he and his new partner Mandy Blonde are embroiled in a brutal murder and a media storm, bringing them face to face with their past.

In this episode, Greg Dobbs chats to Chris Hammer fresh from winning the Crime Writers' Association New Blood Dagger Award, to find out how his decades of experience as a journalist gives his crime writing a unique spin.


 
'It's a sunny place for shady people': Michael Connelly on returning to LA in 'The Night Fire'
 

Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective he had an inspiring mentor, John Jack Thompson, who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now John Jack is dead and Harry inherits a murder book that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD 20 years before — the unsolved killing of a troubled young man in an alley used for drug deals.Bosch brings the murder book to Renée Ballard and asks her to help him find what about the case lit Thompson’s fire all those years ago. That will be their starting point.

The bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become a formidable investigative team. And they soon arrive at a worrying question: Did Thompson steal the murder book to work the case in retirement, or to make sure it never got solved?

In this episode, Greg Dobbs chats to best-selling author Michael Connelly about returning to the 'bleached noir' of LA with his latest book The Night Fire.

 


55 by James Delargy

 

'Majestic, murky, malevolent and magnificent’: Irishman JAMES DELARGY on the outback

When nomadic Irish author James Delargy experienced the Western Australian outback, something about the landscape enthralled and terrified him.

He channelled that awe into 55, a new thriller with a terrifying premise. Two men turn up to a police station with the exact same story of being kidnapped by a serial killer - and each accuses the other of being the murderer.

Angus Dalton chats with James to find out how he came to imagine this gripping story.


The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity Mclean

 

FELICITY MCLEAN on Australian Gothic, missing children and Jatz Crackers

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone is a sharply written literary mystery infused with nostalgia that leaves its readers guessing.

Journalist and author Felicity McLean joins Angus Dalton to talk 90s cuisine, the art of ghostwriting, Australian Gothic, and which iconic Aussie actor accidentally catalysed the writing of her novel.

 


Hunter by Jack Heath

 

 

Would Jack Heath mind being eaten?

In his first series for adults, Canberra writer Jack Heath has created a compelling character who works as a consultant for the FBI and has a very peculiar palate ...

In this episode, Jack sits down with Angus Dalton to talk about Hangman and its new sequel, Hunter, getting published as a teenager, the ethical questions that surround cannibalism, and whether he'd mind being devoured upon dying. Yeah, things get weird.


River of Salt by Dave Warner

 

 

 

DAVE WARNER & ALAN CARTER on why Aussie & NZ crime fiction is better than Scandi noir

Punk rocker Dave Warner and documentary maker Alan Carter on how writing crime can result in being listed as a suspect for a cold-case murder and why Australian and New Zealand crime books are as much a force of nature as Scandi noir.

Alan Carter is the author of the Cato Kwong thriller series and the standalone novel Marlborough Man

Dave Warner's first book, City of Light won the WA Premier's Book Award. 


Past Tense by Lee Child

 

LEE CHILD on Jack Reacher's fork in the road

LEE CHILD sells one of his 'Jack Reacher' thriller novels once every 20 seconds. There are at least 100 million copies of his books in print.

The legendary thriller writer joins Angus Dalton to discuss Tom Cruise's recently announced departure from the Jack Reacher film franchise, the exact reasons why books are always better than movie, and how the death of Child's father led to one of the most personal Reacher thrillers yet.

He also touches on air conditioning, why we have Rupert Murdoch to thank for his books, the influence of Stephen King on latest novel, and how a fight between Jack Reacher and Jason Bourne would go down.


Scrublands by Chris Hammer

 

 

CCHRIS HAMMER on Scrublands, reporting from Texas and Gaza, and tough love from Peter Temple

Scrublands by CHRIS HAMMER begins with a young priest, Byron Swift, shouldering a high-powered hunting rifle and opening fire on his congregation in the tiny, drought-stricken town of Riversend. Martin Scarsden, a Sydney Morning Herald journalist, is sent to profile the town a year on from the massacre and discovers that there's far more to the killings than was initially reported.

Here Chris talks about his 30-year career as a journalist, his investigation into the families affected by the Millennium Drought, which influenced his choice of setting, and copping tough love from Australian crime writing legend Peter Temple, who lectured Chris at university.


Into the Night by Sarah Bailey

 

 

Crime on Display: SARAH BAILEY on a movie set murder and her divisive detective, Gemma Woodstock

What happens when a burgeoning movie star is killed on the set of a blockbuster zombie flick? Melbourne crime writer SARAH BAILEY is back with her unforgettable character, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock, who has left her small regional town in favour of the big smoke. Sarah talks to Angus Dalton about women in the police force, books for boys, and why she's drawn to crimes on display.


The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale 

PIP DRYSDALE on using military strategy during breakups

PIP DRYSDALE grew up in Africa and Australia, moved to New York when she was 20 to act in indie films and theatre, got married in a black dress and divorced at 22.

In this podcast she chats to Emma Harvey about bad break-ups, method writing, and the Machiavellian men that inspired her thriller, The Sunday Girl.


A Few Right Thinking Men by Sulari Gentill

 

 

 

SULARI GENTILL on the Pyjama Girl Murder, Australia's Fascist New Guard, and stories in the stars

For the launch of Good Reading's new podcast, sponsored by Pantera Press, we're joined by author of the Rowland Sinclair mystery novels, SULARI GENTILL.

She tells Angus Dalton about being turned away by the White Australia Policy, finding stories in the stars, her dapper amateur detective and the unsolved mystery of the Pyjama Girl Murder.