Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'Prime Cut' by Alan Carter

Prime Cut

by Alan Carter

Fremantle Press $32.95 pb, 320 pp, 9781921696503

Prime Cut sounds like the title of a glossy Hollywood thriller. Fortunately, Alan Carter’s début novel is a gritty and engrossing look at crime and racism in a small Western Australian town. Cato Kwong is a Chinese-Australian detective who has been working in the lowly ‘Stock Squad’ since a disastrous arrest some years before. In the novel’s opening pages, Kwong is called to help investigate a brutal murder. He discovers a link between this killing and a similar crime in Britain in the early 1970s. Kwong also uncovers a murky underworld of drug trafficking and exploitative work practices.

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Published in April 2011, no. 330
Jay Daniel Thompson

Jay Daniel Thompson

Jay Daniel Thompson lectures in the Media and Communications program at the University of Melbourne. For information on his research achievements, see his website: https://unimelb.academia.edu/JayDanielThompson

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