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Publisher's Summary

The Shark Net, a vibrant and haunting memoir that reaches beyond the dark recesses of murder and chaos to encompass their ordinary suburban backdrop.

Aged six, Robert Drewe moved with his family from Melbourne to Perth, the world's most isolated city, and proud of it. This sun-baked coast was innocently proud, too, of its tranquility and friendliness. Then a man he knew murdered a boy he also knew. The murderer randomly killed eight strangers: variously shooting, strangling, stabbing, bludgeoning, and hacking his victims and running them down with cars, an innocent Perth was changed forever. In the middle-class suburbs which were the killer's main stalking grounds, the mysterious murders created widespread anxiety and instant local myth.In Robert Drewe's hands, a whole time and region come to vivid life. Extraordinarily moving, surprisingly humorous and beautifully observed.

©2000 Robert Drewe (P)2001 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Carman's flawless performance includes a deliveryman with a cleft palate, a drunk on the beach, and Drewe's middle-class parents. Excellent." (AudioFile)

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Funny & Creepy

Humor and great writing. How often are those elements in a true crime account? Wonderful, absorbing, at times laugh out loud funny sketches of the characters and events from an Australian childhood, tracing the odd association between the narrator and a murderer, up to the present. The dense details and amazing people are absolutely Dickensian; the narrator as dimensional and compelling as any great fictional figure. Even Western Australia itself becomes an odd, inscrutable character.If you love true crime and a good story well told, grab this! It also has a terrific reader, who does justice to the luscious prose. I hope it's made into a movie someday.

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Great book, OK performance.

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A fascinating, vivid, and nostalgia filled work. Well performed by Michael Carman except for some jarring mispronounciation of place names. Normally would not be an issue, but for a book so well designed to evoke the experience of growing up in perth this easily avoidable error was frustrating.

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Not what I expected

Took a while to get into. This is more like an autobio of authors life