Monthly Archives: November 2014

Drowning City by Ben Atkins – 2014

Set at the end of the prohibition era in the US, Drowning City is one eventful night in the life of Max Fontana, a partner in a booze smuggling business.  Despite there not being a blameless character in novel, Fontana manages … Continue reading

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Fallout by Paul Thomas – 2014

I didn’t read the original Tito Ihaka books, written in the 90s – but did read his comeback title Death on Demand in 2012.  Fallout is the next installment and finds Detective Sergeant Ihaka working two cases, one very personal … Continue reading

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Joe Victim by Paul Cleave – 2014

Once again Paul Cleave takes us to ‘hell-on-wheels’ Christchurch – a city well on its way into moral and physical chaos.  Characters from previous novels appear – mainly Joe Middleton, a serial killer in prison awaiting trial, and Carl Schroder, … Continue reading

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News pigs by Tim Wilson – 2014

News pigs is a relentless comedy of errors set in the US.  Tom Milde, a total ‘think piece’ disaster from a fictitious country that is to NZ what NZ is to Australia, wakes up drunk and discombobulated in an apartment … Continue reading

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The bright side of my condition by Charlotte Randall – 2014

The bright side of my condition is superb! Based on an historical incident where four escaped convicts were left on one of the Snares islands – the captain promising to pick them up one year later – but failing to … Continue reading

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The luminaries by Eleanor Catton – 2013

If you are hesitating over picking up (or downloading) The luminaries due to its much-discussed 828 pages – don’t. Once I started reading it I continued to do so contentedly through to the end – never once wishing it a … Continue reading

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Wake by Elizabeth Knox – 2013

Wake is a meticulously plotted novel about a group of survivors who find themselves isolated in and unable to escape from Kahukura – a fictitious area in the Tasman District. It starts like a scene from Dawn of the Dead … Continue reading

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