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31 March 2013
Bestselling New Zealand crime writer Ben Sanders began “writing a bit every day” and by the age of twenty one he had two crime novels published. His first book hit the New Zealand bestseller list.
His hard man and police detective Sean Devereaux inhabits the mean streets of Auckland. He and his equally hard case friend, security specialist John Hale, deal with murder, kidnapping, corruption and general mayhem with a traditional hero’s lack of respect for rules and authority, leaving a trail of blood and broken noses behind them.
Fast paced and well plotted, these are very readable noir novels. I would never have guessed that they were written by someone so young – but that being so, they hold the promise of even better things to come.
Keep them coming, Ben!
7 March 2013
A week out from Christmas, Eddie’s world is turned upside-down. Suddenly he’s going to need the help of his father, a man he hasn’t seen since he was a boy. Is Edward destined to be just like his father, to become a man of blood? Edward Hunter is a family man with a beautiful wife and daughter, a great job, a bright future, and a very dark past. Edward’s father is a man of blood.
He’s been in jail for twenty years and he’s never coming out.
Edward has struggled his entire life to put that all behind him, but it’s hard when everybody knows you’re the son of a serial killer. Then, a week out from Christmas, Eddie’s world is turned upside-down. Suddenly he’s going to need the help of his father, a man he hasn’t seen since he was a boy. Is Edward destined to be just like his father, to become a man of blood?
18 February 2013
On February 18, 1982, writer Dame Ngaio Marsh died at her home in Cashmere. She was one of the famous Queens of Crime (along with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers) who emerged in the 1930s.
What isn’t so well known is the impact she had on the cultural life of Christchurch and New Zealand as a theatre director and nurturer of a generation of acting talents through her involvement with the Canterbury University College Drama Society and other touring productions. (Mervyn Thompson and Sam Neill were among those who acted in her productions)
She also wrote an autobiography Black Beech and Honeydew which is a snapshot of life in early C20th Christchurch for a particular class of people.