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Humor and great writing. How often are those elements in a true crime account? Wonderful, absorbing, at times laugh out loud funny sketches of the characters and events from an Australian childhood, tracing the odd association between the narrator and a murderer, up to the present. The dense details and amazing people are absolutely Dickensian; the narrator as dimensional and compelling as any great fictional figure. Even Western Australia itself becomes an odd, inscrutable character.If you love true crime and a good story well told, grab this! It also has a terrific reader, who does justice to the luscious prose. I hope it's made into a movie someday.
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A fascinating, vivid, and nostalgia filled work. Well performed by Michael Carman except for some jarring mispronounciation of place names. Normally would not be an issue, but for a book so well designed to evoke the experience of growing up in perth this easily avoidable error was frustrating.