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Two crime novels: one brilliant, the other competent

First, the brilliant: Gregg Hurwitz, The Crime Writer, Viking 2007.

Drew Danner has won minor acclaim in his Los Angeles habitat for his popular crime novels, but nothing could have prepared him for the major and unwelcome upgrade his celebrity rating gets when he is arrested and put on trial for the vicious murder of his beautiful ex-fiancée. Found slumped over Genevieve’s lifeless body clutching a bloody boning knife, Drew had suffered a grand mal seizure brought on by an untreated brain tumor—the emergency removal of which also excised any memory he might have had of the crime. After a highly publicized trial a jury sets him free on a verdict of compromised sanity. Unsatisfied with the evidence presented, Drew begins his own investigation into what happened that night. But when another woman is killed in the same manner he’s faced with two terrifying prospects: either he’s being framed or he’s harboring a killer in his unconscious. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2008 in Best read of 2008, book reviews, Crime and/or crime fiction, Fiction, reading

 

Unfortunately, the costs will speak louder than principle

Don’t hold your breath about anything too substantial being done to bring the Chinese government to task over events in Tibet, bearing in mind that recent events there are just the ones that have attracted attention to something that has been going on decade after decade. The fact is China holds the whip hand. There are too important to world trade, and to our economic well-being here in Australia, for too much drama to ensue — and they know it.

Still, it is sad to see the same orchestrated lying and euphemism emanating from Beijing that we saw almost twenty years ago now after Tiananmen Square. It goes like this:

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NSW and tunnel visions

It is, as the Sydney Morning Herald notes, ironic that Premier Morris Iemma’s announcement of a bold new transport strategy for NSW coincided with yet another public-private tunnel project going belly-up.
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Posted by on March 19, 2008 in Australia and Australian, NSW politics, Political