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Minotaur

Narrated by: Toby Schmitz, Sharon Hunter
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Detective Sergeant Rick Zadow is angry, unmotivated, unwashed, unkempt and almost entirely reliant on his guide dog, Scout, and voice-controlled personal assistant Siri to make it through each day: one a voice without a body, the other a body without a voice.

Left blind after a bullet wound to the head two years before, he is caught up in a workers' compensation battle between two psychiatrists - one acting for him and one appointed by WorkCover - over how much compo he should be awarded.

Reminders of his former life keep on tripping Rick up. His wife has moved out, and another former passion of his life - a legendary Ducati motorbike he was halfway through restoring - sits abandoned in the back shed.

All of which is the background to the central story: the breakout from jail of the man who shot him, and who is seeking to finish the job.... 

Part laugh-out-loud comedy, part deadly serious study of revenge, part love story, this unique novel from one of our finest writers is also a slow, crabwise journey of self-discovery. As Rick navigates his sense-world (smell, sound, touch, taste...and finally, sight), there is a sixth sense he must also learn to trust - his gut instinct - which might just turn out to be his best.

©2019 Peter Goldsworthy (P)2019 Penguin Random House Australia

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Excellent read, great storey

Enjoyed the earthiness of this book, the main character who is blind, is fascinating. I did not know what to expect, and how the author would deal with this impairment, but it was handled brilliantly. Having lived in Adelaide for many years it also had a real touch of realism for me.

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Gripping revenge story

I have always admired Peter Goldsworthy's writing, and enjoyed this foray into a field new to him - not quite trad crime writing, but a story of revenge sought by a former policeman in Adelaide who was blinded by a man later jailed for a vicious rape - and for shooting the policeman. Now he has escaped and will probably look for the cop who put him behind bars. A large amount of the book consists of dialogue, very well conveyed by reader Tony Schmitz (if too speedily for me in places). I found the characters very believable, and the story well told. The last scene between Rick the former policeman and his pursuer is perhaps too detailed and drawn out, but it is quite brilliant really. I would recommend this reading and novel to anyone - except the faint-hearted.

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