Robert Gott: The Holiday Murders

Robert Gott: The Holiday Murders

The Holiday Murders

by Robert Gott

Scribe, $19.99 pb, 309 pp, 9781922070258

Scott Macleod

Scott Macleod

Scott Macleod is a PhD research candidate and associate tutor in the Department of English, Creative Writing and Australian Studies at

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Robert Gott’s The Holiday Murders fittingly begins with steely-eyed detectives examining a gruesome crime scene on Christmas Eve, 1943. The bodies of a father and son are found broken and bloodied in the dead of night, the son nailed to the floor in a ‘savage parody’ of the Crucifixion. From the memorable opening sequence, Gott demonstrates an intimate understanding of how to craft a compulsive page-turner; he exploits tropes and conventions of the crime fiction genre to dazzling effect, evoking a disturbing wartime malaise.

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Published in March 2013 no. 349

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