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.
"Carman's flawless performance includes a deliveryman with a cleft palate, a drunk on the beach, and Drewe's middle-class parents. Excellent." (AudioFile)
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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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.
Took a while to get into. This is more like an autobio of authors life