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Shark Net, The (edition 2004)

by Robert Drewe

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Title:Shark Net, The
Authors:Robert Drewe
Info:Penguin Books Australia (2004), Paperback
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The Shark Net: Memories and Murder by Robert Drewe

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In recent years I had become familiar with Robert Drewe's gentle, homely and amusing short pieces at the back of the "Life and Style" section of "The Age". Finding "The Shark Net" in the library I thought I would be in friendly territory. Not wrong.
This is a coming-of-age story, mixed with, or perhaps, balanced by a murder mystery. The true story of a boy growing up in 1950s Perth, West Australia, and a series of murders in its sleepy, innocent suburbs. Drewe gets the balance exactly right. His evocation of the city of 50 years ago is wonderful. The portraits of his parents benefit from the insight of distance and yet we see them through the mind of the boy. Hard to get right, but Drewe gets it. The book is smile-on-your-face amusing. I did get one out-loud belly laugh with the story of that first attempted kiss.
Highly recommend. ( )
  PhilipJHunt | May 1, 2013 |
I liked this book because it is very interesting. What makes it interesting is the fact that it is a memoir/crime cross genre. There is much tension and a highly detailed contrast between the warm and sunny environment in Perth and the murders that are taking place there.

It is based on actual facts so you could read the wikipedia webpage to get some background information on the serial killer Eric Cooke.

I would recommend this book to everyone as it is very well written! ( )
  Yr10lit | Oct 19, 2010 |
ALL TIME favourite Australian author. I love the way he writes. The Shark Net is an Autobiography threaded with the true crime story of a serial killer that Drewe was investigating in his prior life as a journalist. ( )
1 vote cathsbooks | Aug 28, 2010 |
An expertly crafted memoir that weaves the coming of age of the author with the loss of innocence of the small coastal city in which he grew up. Captures the essence of Perth, Western Australia (both then and now) better than any other book I know of. ( )
1 vote dazzyj | Jan 7, 2010 |
Enjoying the build up to the story, the style of writing. ( )
1 vote cab | May 26, 2008 |
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Written with the same lyrical intensity and spellbinding prose that has won Robert Drewe's fiction international acclaim, The Shark Net is set in the 1950s in a city haunted by the menace of an elusive serial killer. Drewe's youth in the middle-class seaside suburb of Perth, Australia-often described as the most isolated city in the world-takes a sinister turn when a social outcast (who turns out to be an employee of Drewe's father) embarks on a five-year murder spree. This unusual memoir brilliantly evokes the confluence of adolescent innocence and sexual awakening while a hare-lipped killer who eventually murders eight people, including one of Drewe's friends, lurks in the shadows.

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Evocation of an earlier Perth. Part murder mystery, part memoir in which a serial killer holds the city to ransom for 5 years.

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