Currently reading LINE OF SIGHT

The Whitlam Dismissal

I’ve been transported back to the middle of the 1970’s with David Whish-Wilson’s LINE OF SIGHT. The Prime Minister of the country has just been dismissed in controversial circumstances (this is still discussed regularly today), muscle cars rule the roads, Elton John was still a party boy and, apparently, the state of Western Australia was as corrupt as it gets.

Although fictional, the book about the murder of a Perth brothel madam and the police corruption and organised crime links which surrounded that murder is based on the true story of the murder of Shirley Finn in 1975. I always find these kinds of fictionalised true stories the most difficult to read, especially when they depict a world as harsh as this one. My inner Pollyanna likes to believe in a clear line between crime fiction and crime fact because books which blur that line make me look askance at everyone I meet for a while afterwards.

A Dodge Phoenix (I think)

However, LINE OF SIGHT has well and truly got me hooked. There’s an honest cop named Frank Swann whose just gotten himself beaten up rather badly because he’s telling anyone who will listen about the corruption in the Force and I’m not entirely sure he’ll make it through to the end of the book. Off to find out…