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Michael X. Savvas

Michael X. Savvas reviews 'Dead Set' by Kel Robertson

April 2006, no. 280 01 April 2006
Problem: in which Australian city do you set a crime story without offending readers from the other cities? Solution: set it in three of them – Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. This is clever enough, although it soon becomes confusing as to where we actually are, prompting an ‘If it’s Tuesday, this must be Melbourne’ sensation. You get the feeling that the author has had more than a little ... (read more)

Michael X. Savvas reviews 'Head Shot' by Jarad Henry

May 2006, no. 281 01 May 2006
This crime novel is about as topical as it gets, starting with the killing of a Melbourne underworld figure. Tough yet tender Detective Rubens McCauley is framed for the hit. McCauley fights to save his life and restore his name to the former level of disrepute it once enjoyed. In the course of McCauley’s quest for the truth, he teams up with hottie Constable Cassie Withers. In the tradition of ... (read more)