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 teaches in the School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University. Hewas co-winner of the 2011 Calibre Essay Prize.