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But there are other reasons as well.

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Candice Fox, author of ''killer read'', Crimson Lake. Before I could stop myself I was leaning close to her, telling her everything. And in fiction, both the author and the reader are engaging their creativity and imagination.

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The influence of true crime podcasts Serial, My Favourite Murder and Netflix documentaries Making a Murderer has made the true crime genre, too, less of a guilty pleasure, says Villaverde.

Until The Nowhere Child, White had been making ends meet doing odd jobs in between screenwriting contracts.

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In fact, the opposite was true. It is a satisfying story. Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty Hollywood adaptation lacks the Australian sensibility of this darkly humorous take on playground and gender politics. But then again, I do think coincidence is also large part of it. You see us almost as cousins, with a similar history, culture and language. Filming is to begin within months of a screen adaption of Jane Harper's The Dry. I suspect some of us have picked up on that, either consciously or unconsciously, and realised what a great setting it makes for a crime book. Most Australians live in the large capital cities on the coast, including most of the writers producing rural crime. Her first book, The Ruin, intertwines two crimes, one from the present day and one from decades ago when her protagonist Cormac Reilly was a young constable. She was still so beautiful, even in death. She was vivacious, popular and talented, with an impeccable middle-class upbringing. Many an aspiring writer would identify with that: sacrificing precious reading time in order to write. Both are set in country towns plagued by drought. Rocking back and forth on my heels as I stood next to her, I knew how far in I was again, how comprehensively her death could undo me.

And there is that fascination with criminal and aberrant behaviour — and perhaps the 'but for the grace of God. So what have I discovered and what would I recommend?

Perhaps a foreign yet familiar setting allows American readers a little more freedom in what they imagine.

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I think for many Americans, Australia is simultaneously familiar and exotic. Rocking back and forth on my heels as I stood next to her, I knew how far in I was again, how comprehensively her death could undo me. And here is an essential truth about the surge in Australian crime novels: international publishers are now aware that there is a market for them. The words draining out of me as she lay there. Instead we find ourselves engaged with victims trapped in hostile environments. Until The Nowhere Child, White had been making ends meet doing odd jobs in between screenwriting contracts. Sadly, Peter died in , but his books live on. I suspect some of us have picked up on that, either consciously or unconsciously, and realised what a great setting it makes for a crime book. But that leaves two questions unanswered: Why are so many of the new wave of Australian crime books set in the bush? How that has changed! But then again, I do think coincidence is also large part of it.

Her protagonist Gemma Woodcock is a policewoman with a troubled past and a problematic personal life, caring for a child while struggling to do her job. Many an aspiring writer would identify with that: sacrificing precious reading time in order to write.

I looked at Rosalind Ryan properly for the last time before breathing deeply, readying myself, letting her pull me back into her world, and I sank down, further and further, until I was completely, utterly under.

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Both are set in country towns plagued by drought. It has many of the elements of the psychological thrillers that are so popular right now. Abbey's Bookshop's Lindy Jones has observed a small but significant crossover between readers of crime and true crime, and says authors can expect a sales blip following a film or television tie-in. I know—I wrote a non-fiction book about it. Why are so many of the new wave of Australian crime books set in the bush? There is something in an Australian country town that evokes thoughts of American towns, and in the outback some echo of the wild west. There were a few minutes when I was alone with her in the autopsy room. Best-selling crime author Dervla McTiernan. Until The Nowhere Child, White had been making ends meet doing odd jobs in between screenwriting contracts. Perhaps a foreign yet familiar setting allows American readers a little more freedom in what they imagine. And why do they appeal to Americans? The Dry and Scrublands both take place during drought. I looked at Rosalind Ryan properly for the last time before breathing deeply, readying myself, letting her pull me back into her world, and I sank down, further and further, until I was completely, utterly under. This is a page-turning psychological thriller, set primarily in the US with a few Australian scenes. I quickly realised that instead of fearing comparisons with The Dry, I owed a debt of gratitude to Jane Harper.
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