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How to Write Crime

Brought together by award-winning crime author Marele Day, twelve crime writers and readers give invaluable insights into what they do, what they look for - and how you can do it too.

Marele Day is the author of eight novels including the Claudia Valentine series, which has become a classic of Australian crime writing featuring a feisty inner-city gumshoe living in Sydney. She is the editor of HOW TO WRITE CRIME and recipient of several awards including the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award.

Get Rich Quick

Sydney in the 1950s: Billy Glasheen is a likeable guy, with a gift for masterminding elaborate scenarios—whether it’s a gambling scam, transporting a fortune in stolen jewels, or keeping the wheels greased during a hair-raising tour by Little Richard and his rock ‘n’ roll entourage. But trouble follows close behind—because Billy’s schemes always seem to interfere with the plans of Sydney’s big players, an unholy trinity of crooks, bent cops, and politicians on the make.

Bad Debts

The celebrated first Jack Irish novel. Melbourne in winter. Rain. Wind. Pubs. Beer. Sex. Corruption. Murder. A phone message from ex-client Danny McKillop doesn't ring any bells for Jack Irish. Life is hard enough without having to dredge up old problems: his beloved football team continues to lose, the odds on his latest plunge at the track seem far too long and he's still cooking for one.

The Brush Off

On a sultry summer night Murray Whelan is in the Botanical Gardens tasting Salina Fleet's apricot lips. Meanwhile the body of an artist is being fished from the ornamental moat outside the Art Gallery. The papers called it suicide. The police say it's an accident.