Dean Biron reviews 'Black Teeth' by Zane Lovitt

Dean Biron reviews 'Black Teeth' by Zane Lovitt

Black Teeth

by Zane Lovitt

Text Publishing $29.99 pb, 361 pp, 9781925355147

Like James M. Cain's 1943 novella Double Indemnity – better known from Billy Wilder's influential film version of the following year – Black Teeth begins with a dubious-sounding insurance deal. The prologue also features a thickly overgrown Melbourne garden, which provides a better metaphor for the tangled, sometimes stifling narrative that follows.

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Published in August 2016, no. 383
Dean Biron

Dean Biron

Dean Biron has a PhD from the University of New England and was co-winner of the 2011 Australian Book Review Calibre Prize. He is currently a sessional academic in the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology.


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