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The man she loved, Henry Vincent Keogh, was a divorced year-old Irish migrant with three children. 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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Her hero, Caleb Zelic is brilliant, simultaneously tough and vulnerable, a perpetual outsider due to his deafness, trying to come to terms with his past while working as private investigator. Enquiries: Media comment: Jacqui Horwood on ; jacqui. Perhaps a foreign yet familiar setting allows American readers a little more freedom in what they imagine. 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. Quite a few of the books have already won awards in Australia. Which brings us to another question: why do Australian crime books resonate with US readers? A long list will be published in May, a shortlist in July.

In fact, the opposite was true. Journalist Graham Archer became fascinated by the case.

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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. She now lives in Perth but her books are set in Galway, featuring Cormac Reilly.

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Candice Fox, author of ''killer read'', Crimson Lake. A beautiful young teacher has been murdered, her body found in the lake, strewn with red roses. Enquiries: Media comment: Jacqui Horwood on ; jacqui. 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. Candice Fox's Crimson Lake has also been optioned for television. I think for many Americans, Australia is simultaneously familiar and exotic. An absolute page turner.

I have met many Americans who hold an almost nostalgic view of Australia, even those who have never been here; they see it as a more innocent version of the US, like America used to be.

But there are other reasons as well. This is a page-turning psychological thriller, set primarily in the US with a few Australian scenes.

Not all optioned titles will make it to the screen but the advent of new streaming services have ratcheted up demand for compelling long-form content — and crime fiction, with its complex and suspenseful plotlines, offers hugely saleable products with a ready-made audience.

Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty Hollywood adaptation lacks the Australian sensibility of this darkly humorous take on playground and gender politics.

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A beautiful young teacher has been murdered, her body found in the lake, strewn with red roses. Crimson Lake, Candice Fox The crocodile-infested waters of far north Queensland have never looked so sinister in this fast-paced police procedural.

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Candice Fox's Crimson Lake has also been optioned for television. Instead we find ourselves engaged with victims trapped in hostile environments. The story became an odyssey for Graham. And there is that fascination with criminal and aberrant behaviour — and perhaps the 'but for the grace of God. Anna-Jane Cheney worked at the epicentre of the conservative Adelaide legal community. But there are other reasons as well. We reckon that Reese should be declared an honorary Australian. Perhaps a foreign yet familiar setting allows American readers a little more freedom in what they imagine. You see us almost as cousins, with a similar history, culture and language. And why do they appeal to Americans? The awards are handsome carved polished wooded trophies featuring the front cover of the winning novel under perspex. His crime fiction is just one aspect of a long, successful and varied literary career which shows no sign of slowing down. The lake holds the key to solving the murder, but it also has the power to drag Gemma down into its dark depths.

Highly recommended. Why are so many of the new wave of Australian crime books set in the bush?

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