Blackwattle Creek

Blackwattle Creek

Book - 2012
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From the winner of the 2011 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel comes a cracking new Charlie Berlin mystery

The insane are running the asylum in this cracking new Charlie Berlin thriller.

It's September 1957, two days before the VFL grand final, and Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin finally has some time off. But there's no rest for this decent if damaged man, still troubled by his wartime experience as a bomber pilot and POW. A recently widowed friend asks a favour and he's dropped into something much bigger than he bargained for.

When he uncovers dubious practices at a Melbourne funeral parlour, it's quickly obvious that anyone asking questions is also asking for trouble. His offsider is beaten and left for dead, witnesses are warned off, Special Branch is on his case, and even Berlin's young family may be at risk.

His pursuit of the truth leads him to Blackwattle Creek, once an asylum for the criminally insane and now home to even darker evils. And if Berlin thought government machinations during World War II were devious, those of the Cold War leave them for dead . . .

A rattling good tale with a dry wit and a sobering core, Blackwattle Creek confirms Geoffrey McGeachin as one of our most entertaining and accomplished crime writers.

The next Charlie Berlin novel, St Kilda Blues , is coming in 2014.

Publisher: Camberwell, Vic. : Viking, 2012.
ISBN: 9780670075881
Characteristics: 281 p. ; 23 cm.

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mygirls May 03, 2017

This is a great read. Many local places around Melbourne in this novel, mystery, murder and government cover up. What more could you want?? One piece of the story had me thinking how some things don't change.

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mygirls May 03, 2017

This is a great read. Many local places around Melbourne in this novel, mystery, murder and government cover up. What more could you want?? One piece of the story had me thinking how some things don't change.

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'Who the hell would get married on grand final day? Most of the men in the congregation would be grumpy, twitchy at being out of contact on the biggest day of the year. Several would be sitting with heads tilted sideways to better hear the crackly coverage of the match through little plastic transistor radio earpieces, passing along updated scores in whispers throughout the ceremony'.

Today you would just watch the game live on your phone in church or pretty much anywhere you get reception

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