It's 1967, the summer of love, and in swinging Melbourne Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin has been hauled out of exile in the Fraud Squad to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl, the daughter of a powerful and politically connected property developer. As Berlin's inquiries uncover more missing girls he gets an uneasy feeling he may be dealing with the city's first serial killer.
Berlin's investigation leads him through inner-city discothèques, hip photographic studios, the emerging drug culture, and into the seedy back streets of St Kilda. The investigation also brings up ghosts of Berlin's past as a bomber pilot and POW in Europe and disturbing memories of the casual murder of a young woman he witnessed on a snow-covered road in Poland in the war's dying days.
As in war, some victories come at a terrible cost and Berlin will have to face an awful truth and endure an unimaginable loss before his investigation is over.
St Kilda Blues is Geoffrey McGeachin's seventh book and third in the Charlie Berlin series. The first Berlin novel, The Diggers Rest Hotel, won the 2011 Australian Crime Writers Association's Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction with the follow up book, Blackwattle Creek, also winning the Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction in 2013.
©2014 Geoffrey McGeachin (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
An emotive and laconic performance which enhanced an already superb story. An enigmatic tale with rare insight and humour.
"Another great Charlie Berlin story"
Yes - good story, good plot and well narrated
Living in Melbourne recognise the sites in the story and the way it was a few decades ago
When they catch the murderer and how that all came together
"novel and a half"
Added to a fine Aussie police procedural is a story of an immigrant orphan, the emotional recovery of a shot down bomber pilot, a talented woman breaking yet another glass ceiling, the advice of a charming yet mysterious uncle spy, the ups and downs of parenthood, an intercontinental tour of 1960s airliners and the piecing together of war crimes. This novel is a brilliant favorite, I find myself rereading over and over.
Ugh, this was supposed to be a thriller. It was a decent thriller for quite awhile with some gruesome aspects. Then it turned into an unrealistic "soft" story with too many 1960s stereotype characters and impossible coincidences. It seemed like the book would never end and then it did with a thud.
yes well read and gets you wondering with a bit of suspense
yes waiting to see where the boy is going with his nasty streak
he again has the storyteller bringing the story to life the charactors seem real
not just keeped me listening
"Aussie WWII PSTD wrapped in place and mystery"
I like hearing the local accents and rhythms. And as I very seldom have time to actually sit down and read a book this was a great experience - a window into another time and place I wouldn't have got if it weren't on audible.
It was very well written. I liked that the author stuck to Charlie's point of view without apologizing or catering to modern sensibilities. He let the Character unfold slowly through the story rather than do an upfront exposition so there were two mysteries - the main plot and who exactly is Charlie Berlin.
Charlie of course but I also loved his beautiful and talented wife.
the moment when he tried to comprehend what happened to his daughter and all his initial reactions in trying to grapple with it was heart-rending. A less brave writer would have stopped to story at the devastating revelation but McGeachin risked sleep-walking us then the slow numb afterwards. it was so visceral and so real to the experience of loss.
I would like to try more of this series.
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