BOOKS

Thrill City

Leigh Redhead

RRP: £7.99

1 October 2011

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781741147377

Simone Kirsch, ex-stripper, sleuth and bad girl, is back in business – and before she has time to crack a bottle of cheap champagne to celebrate the opening of her very own detective agency, she’s up to her neck in lethal fun and games.

It all starts off quite innocently, when a best-selling crime novelist, Nick Austin, wants to follow her around for a few days as background research for his next novel. But the day after he, his ex-wife and her new lover all appear on the same panel at a writers festival, his ex-wife is found brutally murdered and Nick disappears, leaving Simone with more trouble than she can handle.

While she can take murderous bikies, desperate publishers, poetry slams and a crystal meth-addicted psycho killer with literary ambitions in her stride, Simone is also juggling her very pregnant and possibly hormonally unbalanced best friend, Chloe; her ongoing attraction to ex-cop, Alex; and her boyfriend, Sean, who wants her to give up her agency and move to Vietnam.