True West is set in Western Australia in 1988, the time when Jack van Tongeren’s Australian Nationalist Movement (ANM) was papering the city with hundreds of thousands of racist posters, and when John Howard and Ian Sinclair were calling for a reduction in Asian immigration. True West ’s protagonist, seventeen-year-old Lee Southern, is on the run from the Knights, a Geraldton-based bikie gang whose marijuana plantation he torched in retaliation for his father’s murder. Southern tries to set himself up in business in Perth as a rogue tow-truck driver, listening in on police radio for reports of accidents in the hope of getting there first. He falls foul of drivers from True West Towing.
Stephen Dedman is the author of five novels and more than 120 short stories published in an eclectic range of anthologies and magazines. He has taught Creative Writing at the University of Western Australia and the Forensic Science Centre, and he has reviewed crime fiction and true crime for The West Australian and other publications and worked in bookshops for more than thirty years. His most recent novel is Immunity.