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.
Dean Biron reviews 'Black Teeth' by Zane Lovitt
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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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