The mining boom is generating a wealth of material and inspiration for established authors and new voices alikeWhen Dave Warner’s City of Light appeared in 1995, Western Australia’s crime writing scene resembled the late-night streets of 70s Perth described so vividly in Warner’s book: devoid of life.City of Light, which jointly won the 1996 WA Premier’s prize for fiction, focused on a rookie police constable, Snowy Lane, swept up in an investigation into the murders of several young women by a serial killer dubbed ”Mr Gruesome”.”As far as I knew at the time, there were no other contemporary crime novelists setting work in WA and nothing had been set there since Arthur Upfield,” Warner says. Upfield set several of his books in WA, the last being Boney and the White Savage, which appeared in 1961.Now it’s a different story. WA’s crime fiction scene is arguably one of the most exciting in Australia. Established writers such as Felicity Young, David Whish-Wilson and Alan Carter are being joined by new names, such as Robert Schofield and Ron Elliott. Jacqueline Wright’s debut novel, Red Dirt Talking, a missing person’s tale set against the backdrop of north-west WA’s big wet, was shortlisted for the …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books