Dean Biron

Dean Biron reviews The Age of Consent: Young people, sexual abuse and agency edited by Kate Gleeson and Catharine Lumby

Dean Biron
16 August 2019

Much talk around the abuse of children centres on the desire (or demand) for justice. Unfortunately, justice is not easy to attain. More

Dean Biron reviews The Van Apfel Girls are Gone by Felicity McLean

Dean Biron
23 May 2019

From the ill-fated explorations of Leichhardt and Burke and Wills through to the Beaumont children, Azaria Chamberlain, and the backpacker murders in New South Wales, the history of Austra More

Dean Biron reviews The Van Apfel Girls are Gone by Felicity McLean

Dean Biron
01 July 2009

From the ill-fated explorations of Leichhardt and Burke and Wills through to the Beaumont children, Azaria Chamberlain, and the backpacker murders in New South Wales, the history of Austra More

Dean Biron reviews 'Old Scores' by David Whish-Wilson

Dean Biron
20 December 2016

For the most part, the burgeoning 1980s nostalgia industry in Australia tends to overlook the fact that back then the states seemed to be engaged in a kind of Sheffield Shield ...

More

Dean Biron reviews 'One' by Patrick Holland

Dean Biron
23 May 2016

The work of Brisbane-based author Patrick Holland is reputedly influenced by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, whose Tabula Rasa cemented his standing ...

More

Dean Biron reviews 'Beams Falling'

Dean Biron
24 September 2014

Beams Falling is a good example of its kind: a sweaty, grimy Sydney-based noir. I wish that were higher praise, but there is an endless procession of local crime fiction out there – much of which seems to emanate from Sydney – and the competition has not set the bar overly high.

... More

Dean Biron reviews 'Three Crooked Kings' by Matthew Condon

Dean Biron
27 April 2013

In April 2012, barely a week after Queensland had elected a conservative government to office for the first time in twenty-six years, Campbell Newman announced the abolition of the state-funded premier’s literary awards. The decision, despite disingenuous claims to the contrary, was entirely symbolic, coming as it did before Newman’s Liberal National Party ... More

Dean Biron reviews 'Promise' by Tony Cavanaugh

Dean Biron
09 July 2012

Promise is set on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, although it might as well be Siberia so far as any claims to historical or social verisimilitude are concerned. Just about every stereotype ever devised in the name of crime fiction has been assembled here, resulting in a story so over the top as to stretch credulity beyond breaking point.

... More

Dean Biron reviews 'Closer to Stone' by Simon Cleary

Dean Biron
21 March 2012

About a third of the way into Simon Cleary’s Closer to Stone, all of the preceding distinctively phrased metaphors and similes, all of the fragrant, lucid imagery – along with some that is rather less than lucid: how, exactly, does one pick up a drink and take a ‘deep sip’? – begin to meld into a compelling whole. Narrator Bas Adams, scouring the immense unknown of the Sahara ... More

Dean Biron reviews 'Comeback' by Peter Corris

Dean Biron
20 January 2012

Peter Corris’s Comeback, the thirty-ninth or some such book in his Cliff Hardy series, is yet another to be plucked from the apparently bottomless ocean that is the crime fiction genre. Ageing private detective Hardy – as adept with his fists as he is tactful with the ladies – skulks around a Sydney crammed with scabrous cops, fat-cat entrepreneurs, hired muscle, slinky prostitut ... More

Page 1 of 2