Kickback (Wyatt, #1)
by Garry Disher
“… thriller first published in 1991, featuring Wyatt, a stylish bank robber whose inscrutable methods ensure he never gets caught – until he meets Anna Reid.
This is the perfect introduction to an exquisite series: hard-boiled Melbourne in the time of video rentals and answering machines, paper money, Datsuns and Customlines. It’s as sinewy and efficient as Wyatt himself, superbly crafted and relentlessly tense.“
Australian crime-noir. Sparse prose, good plot with a nice and steady build-up of tension. I could have done without the casual and unsubtle racism. Unexpected twist at the end that I did not see coming. Well done!
I did run out of steam towards the end though. Not sure if it was me or if it just took too long for the final part to come to a conclusion. Decent read, if you are in the mood for this type of crime noir. I decided to remove book #2 of this series from my TBR pile though.
Read in the German translation.