Carnage in Portsea

The mirror of crime in Garry Disher’s latest novel
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December 2021, no. 438
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The Way It Is Now by Garry Disher

Jonathan Cape, $32.99 pb, 281 pp

Carnage in Portsea

The mirror of crime in Garry Disher’s latest novel
by
December 2021, no. 438

A year before his death in 2015 following a cancer diagnosis, the writer–playwright Henning Mankell responded to a question about his love of the crime genre. He stated that his objective was ‘to use the mirror of crime to look at contradictions in society’. Mankell’s mirror was evident in his Kurt Wallander series (1991–2009), in which the detective was faced with contradictions not only in the landscape of crime and murder but also in his own domestic life. Great crime fiction does not need to focus a lens on the overlapping worlds of the private and the public. But well written, the genre’s interconnected spheres address the moral complexities that drove Mankell’s passion for crime fiction.

Tony Birch reviews 'The Way It Is Now' by Garry Disher

The Way It Is Now

by Garry Disher

Jonathan Cape, $32.99 pb, 281 pp

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