Peter Doyle was born in Maroubra, in Sydney's eastern suburbs. He
worked as a taxi driver, musician, and teacher before writing his
first book, Get Rich Quick, which won the Ned Kelly Award
for Best First Crime Novel in 1997. He has since published two
further books featuring protagonist Billy Glasheen: The Devil's
Jump (also available from Dark Passage) and Amaze Your
Friends (forthcoming from Dark Passage). He also wrote the
acclaimed City of Shadows: Sydney Police Photographs
1912-1948 and Crooks Like Us. In 2010 he received the
Ned Kelly Award for Life time Achievement. He teaches writing at
Macquarie University in Sydney.
Set in 1950s Sydney and making its U.S. debut, this 1997 co-winner of Australia's Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel opens promisingly enough with the discovery of a dead body, looking not unlike William Holden, floating in a pool. Billy Glasheen, Sydney bad boy, is the likely suspect and has to use all his dexterity-when he isn't enjoying a glass of whiskey or a hit of Benzedrine-to elude the authorities and mobsters. About a fourth of the way through, the plot veers off to follow Billy's career as a band road manager. Music buffs might enjoy the account of the 1950s Australian music scene with tours by such notables as Little Richard, but despite this convincing period detail, mystery fans will have bailed by then. The Aussies have a word for it, and thanks to the glossary, we know what it is: bodgie, meaning substandard. Not recommended. Doyle lives in Australia. [Criminy! Books is Verse Chorus Press's new mystery imprint and will publish Doyle's other titles in this series.-Ed.]-Bob Lunn, Kansas P.L., MO Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.