The following review appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on Sat 14 May 2016 under the heading, Crime Scenes review: A collection of gems from criminally good writers.
ED., ZANE LOVITT
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Crime Scenes is a rich and varied volume of short Australian crime fiction. It opens with Amanda O’Callaghan’s The Turn, a sharp little tale narrated by a former “angel of death” killer, now a cabbie intent on tying up loose ends. Peter Corris’ Three-Pan Creek Gift offers a hard-boiled snippet of his most famous creation, Cliff Hardy, acting as bodyguard for a sprinter, the favourite in a country footrace. (Is his charge actually under threat, or has Cliff been unwittingly drawn into a scam?) With The Teardrop Tattoos, Angela Savage follows a female ex-con out for revenge when a local mother reports her pit bull to the council, while Carmel Bird’s The Good Butler invokes the final fantasies of a terminal cancer patient. Judiciously compiled by Zane Lovitt, this collection is full of compressed gems from notable authors.