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2010 Bests of...

Heartening to see Line of Sight included on a few writers' best novels of 2010 lists.

Gillo's Bookshelf - ABC 720

Line of Sight has just been chosen to kick off ABC 720 Gillian O'Shaugnessy's new bookclub, in January 2011. More details to follow, but in the meantime see -  http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2010/11/22/3073413.htm?site=perth&section=competitions

There's going to be a public event at the ABC studio's in East Perth on January 25, where I'll be interviewed by Gillian and will answer questions from the book club audience.

On Whistleblowers - Simon Illingsworth's Filthy Rat, ABC Books, 2006

 

The old Chandler dictum was there for me when I decided upon police whistleblower Frank Swann as the central character of Line of Sight – ‘down the mean streets a man must walk who is not himself mean: who is neither tarnished nor afraid.’ The old -school hard-boiled noirish central character seemed like a perfect fit for a story about a man trying against the odds to work his way through the subterfuge, the dissembling and intimidation of his colleagues as they tried to shut him down.

On Killing, and writing...KILLING: Misadventures in Violence, Jeff Sparrow, MUP, 2009

KILLING: Misadventures in Violence, Jeff Sparrow, MUP, 2009

George Stewart - The Leveller: The Story of a Violent Australian

I'm currently reading a true crime account of a notorious Melbourne Painters & Dockers 'gunnie', Billy 'The Texan' Longley. It's written by Rochelle Jackson, who also wrote 'Inside Their Minds: Australian Criminals' , and which I also thoroughly recommend (both published by ABC books, or see http://www.rochellejackson.com.au/books.htm)

For the copper at the bookshop

I was standing at the true crime section of my local bookshop yesterday and got talking to an off-duty copper. Like all WA coppers, he was very familiar with the Shirley Finn ‘story’. We went and had a coffee. Turns out he didn’t know anything new, but he was pretty forthright in saying that the hit was done by WA detectives, or at the very least they’d helped cover it up. He named all the familiar names, and the familiar reasons why. ‘Bad times, they were’ he reckoned. ‘Bad times and bad bad bastards.’

Media

Media for Old Scores - November 2016

Media for PERTH -  Feb 2014

Line of Sight Launch Invitation

Penguin Books invites you to the launch of Line of Sight by David Whish-Wilson

To be launched by Kim Scott
Thursday 2 September 2010
6.00 for 6.30pm
New Edition Bookshop
82 High Street, Fremantle

RSVP to davewhishwilson@gmail.com

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