Australian crime fiction we’ll be reading in 2013

We haven’t planned to do a ‘best of’ round up for 2012 here at Fair Dinkum because…well…we’ve been a bit slack. But to put a positive spin on things isn’t it better to look forward than backwards anyway? So here’s some of the great Australian crime fiction you can look forward to in 2013.


TheDunbarCasePeter Corris THE DUNBAR CASE – “A famous nineteenth-century shipwreck; a search for lost documents; a two-million dollar heist; a Newcastle criminal family tearing itself apart; an undercover cop playing both sides against the middle and an alluring but fiercely ambitious female journalist, give Private Investigator Cliff Hardy all the trouble he can handle. What started as an almost academic exercise—tracing lost documents to do with the 1857 wreck of the SS Dunbar—explodes into a here-and-now power struggle between criminals, police, lovers and unseen forces. When the first person Hardy interviews is shot dead, the body count can only mount as he pushes closer to the truth about the people, the documents and the loot.”  This is the 38th book/short story collection to feature Cliff Hardy. An Australian crime fiction record?


  • DeadGirlSingTony Cavanaugh DEAD GIRL SING “Something bad is happening on the Gold Coast glitter strip. Amongst the thousands of schoolies and the usual suspects, someone is preying on beautiful young women. No one has noticed. No one knows why“. If you want to know more check out an early review at Bite The Book
  • TheHolidayMurdersRobert Gott THE HOLIDAY MURDERS which is set On Christmas Eve, 1943 when “…the newly formed but undermanned Homicide division of the Melbourne police force is called to investigate the vicious double murder of a father and son. When Military Intelligence becomes involved, Homicide’s Inspector Titus Lambert must unravel the personal from the political”
  • IHearTheSirensInTheStreetAdrian McKinty I HEAR THE SIRENS IN THE STREET is the second novel in a planned trilogy set in 1980’s Belfast, featuring DS Sean Duffy (and titles taken from Tom Waits lyrics). According to the publisher’s blurb “Sean Duffy knows there’s no such thing as a perfect crime. But a torso in a suitcase is pretty close. Still, one tiny clue is all it takes, and there it is. A tattoo. So Duffy, fully fit and back at work after the severe trauma of his last case, is ready to follow the trail of blood – however faint – that always, always connects a body to its killer.” Sounds good to me. The good news for you is you’ve still a month to catch up on the first book in the set, THE COLD, COLD GROUND if you get your skates on.


  • Nick Place ROLL WITH IT (debut author) “Senior Sergeant Tony ‘Rocket’ Laver is a policeman with issues. Sure, he may have been returning fire, but the fact remains that Laver is the sixth Victorian policeman to shoot a suspect in four months, and that’s all the politicians need to get involved. While the circus of an inquiry begins, Laver is moved from Major Crime to the Mobile Public Interaction Squad … aka the mountain bike police. Bitter, struggling to cope with the fatal shooting – not to mention his flailing relationship, Rocket is now wearing lycra and getting a sore butt on his bike seat. Laver’s friends and bosses in the force tell him to keep his head down until the storm blows over, but that doesn’t factor in Stig and the Wild Man, two genuine bad guys Laver encounters on Smith Street, Collingwood. In innercity and outer-suburban Melbourne, major crime is in the air. Lives might be in danger but nobody will listen to a cop on the outer.”
  • MurderWithTheLotSue Williams MURDER WITH THE LOT (debut author) the first paragraph of the book’s blurb says “Cass Tuplin’s takeaway isn’t the last shop left in Rusty Bore. There’s also Vern’s General Store. But it’s true the town’s not exactly overflowing with residents, and a stranger in Cass’s shop is quite an event. Especially one like Clarence: suspicious, bleeding, looking for a burger with the lot and somewhere quiet to stay”. Here’s a short extract if you want more


  • TheTrustedJohn M Green, THE TRUSTED “A sophisticated, new breed of terrorist … a group called 9S … aims to annihilate life as we know it by slashing our planet’s population and smashing its resource-hungry economy through almost inconceivable cyber attacks.  Dr Tori Swyft, a smart, sassy ‘James Bond’ who was once a 9S disciple, can expose and prevent the looming crisis … but will she?


  • Angela Savage, THE DEAD BEACH – the third novel featuring Jayne Keeney, an expat Aussie now working in Thailand, is the subject of Savage’s recent Next Big Thing blog post which included this one sentence synopsis of the book “Jayne Keeney doesn’t buy it when the death of a young tour guide in Thailand’s south is explained as an accidental drowning and sets out to investigate in a case that brings her face-to-face with unscrupulous businessmen, embittered thugs, environmental zealots and deadly cobras.”

All I have for these second-half-of-the-year releases are the titles but a little teasing is a good thing right?


  • Garry Disher HELL TO PAY
  • Barry Maitland, THE RAVEN’S EYE


  • Stephen Orr WHEATBELT


  • Alan Carter, GETTING WARMER

If you’re aware of more books which should be on this list please let us know via the contact form in the side bar (—->). We’ll publish an updated list of forthcoming titles every couple of months. If you’re looking for us to review your book that’s the best way to contact us but please read the review policy on our About page first.

7 thoughts on “Australian crime fiction we’ll be reading in 2013

    • Deborah I wanted to include this too but as far as I know there’s no title or publishing date set yet. I’ve been keeping an eye on her blog though and as soon as there is something more concrete than “Book 2” I’ll add it to our list 🙂


  1. Bernadette – Oh, lots to be happy about here! Thanks for whetting our appetites. I’m especially excited about Dead Beach and about the Adrian McKInty. Looks like I’ll be continuing my recent pattern of reading more Australian crime fiction.


  2. Bernadette: I hardly knew whether to read the post as I thought about my TBR which was just added to by Christmas gifts. As you would expect I did read it. What lover of crime fiction can hold back from reading about what books are going to be published? It looks like a good year ahead for Australian crime fiction. Thank you and Kerrie for your continuing efforts to inform the world of Australian crime fiction.


  3. I can’t wait for the new Jayne Keeney episode. I’ve raced through the first two, very kindly aided by the author Angela Savage.
    And since The Dead Beach will be available in the U.S. in 2013, so much the better.
    I’ve read 10 books by Aussie women writers, all good books, and I anticipate doing the same in the coming year.


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