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'Jesus Christ. I found one.' These words are blurted over the phone to Constable Snowy Lane, who is preoccupied with no more than a ham sandwich and getting a game with the East Fremantle league side on Saturday. They signal the beginning of a series of events that are to shake Perth to its foundations. 

It is 1979, and Perth is jumping with pub bands and overnight millionaires. 'Mr Gruesome' has just taken another victim. Snowy's life and career are to be forever changed by the grim deeds of a serial killer and the dark bloom spreading across the City of Light.

©1995 Dave Warner (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Not sure about this one, undecided

Yeah really not sure I enjoyed this story.
Too many names bouncing around to keep engaged. I didn’t mind the main character snowy, he was likeable enough. I completed the book but not with much enthusiasm. I think I might still give another Dave Warner book one more try.

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Freo local

Loved this book, especially the references to Perth, Fremantle and the Australian-isms. Written by a Freo legend.

The main character was a misogynist and had every women in the book swooning which I couldn’t help but wonder if Dave Warner was living vicariously through him! Although maybe I should expect nothing less from Warner. Loved the book despite objectifying women, would recommend to anyone who loves Freo and crime novels.

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Insight into Perth just before I was born

Warner has managed to adapt key aspects of Perth's political and cultural history into a fictional narrative. I was born in 85, whilst our big country town tries to pretend it's rid itself of the stains that a patriarchal society has left us (to the point of obnoxious denial as opposed to ignorance), this book gives insight into the way we were before we started pretending we weren't.
Previous reviews mentioned the chauvinism as though maybe it was veing glorified, I felt l
more as though it was intentionally ever present to stay true to Perth's cultural mentality at the time. I may not have been present at the time but my parents were and would agree that the stain is still in the undertow. All in all, good crime novel

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Excellent Narration

The story was great but the narration was perfect Together a top combination Dave Warner has made a Perthy's dream here Settings are true to form and characters known from local history But Ric Herbert's accent and tones makes it a living story I can't imagine anyone else reading a Dave Warner story

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city of light

The author built this story well,I didn't want to stop listening.

the Australian backdrop was really fantastic

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Loved it.

Being from Perth, I loved the suburbs & descriptions of areas so well known to me. I also tried to link a few of the characters to real Perth people from the 80s. The storyline was captivating & the twists had me enthralled. Really good listen & looking forward to the next ones!

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  • Ian Percy
  • 15-10-2020

Great story, well read.

As a fan of all things WA I was pleased to discover the Dave Warner books, Ric Herbert did a good job as a narrator and I enjoyed this book greatly,
Pleased to discover there was a second book.

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