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Michael Robotham

Author of Suspect

35 Works 8,949 Members 547 Reviews 18 Favorited

About the Author

Michael Robotham was born in Australia in 1960. In 1979, he moved to Sydney and became a cadet journalist on an afternoon newspaper. He spent the next fourteen years working for newspapers in Australia, Europe, Africa and America. As a senior feature writer for the United Kingdom's Mail on Sunday, show more he was among the first people to view the letters and diaries of Czar Nicholas II and his wife Empress Alexandra discovered in the Moscow State Archives in 1991. He also gained access to Stalin's Hitler files, which had been missing for nearly fifty years. He left journalism in 1993 to become a ghostwriter, collaborating with politicians, pop stars, psychologists, adventurers and show business personalities to write their autobiographies. He also writes novels including The Suspect, The Night Ferry, Lost, and The Secrets She Keeps. He won numerous awards including the Ned Kelly Award for the Crime Novel of the Year in 2005 for The Drowning Man, the Ned Kelly Award for the Crime Novel of the Year in 2008 for Shatter, the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger award for best crime novel in 2015 for Life or Death, and the 2018 Australian Book Industry Awards, General fiction book of the year for The Secrets She Keeps. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Michael Robotham

Suspect (2003) 1,361 copies
Shatter (2008) 903 copies
Lost (2005) 830 copies
Bleed for Me (2010) 619 copies
The Secrets She Keeps (2017) 599 copies
Good Girl, Bad Girl (2019) 575 copies
The Night Ferry (2007) 556 copies
Say You're Sorry (2012) 521 copies
Life or Death (2014) 484 copies
The Wreckage (2011) 360 copies
Watching You (2013) 358 copies
When She Was Good (2020) 354 copies
Bombproof (2009) 328 copies
The Other Wife (2018) 320 copies
Close Your Eyes (2015) 288 copies


Common Knowledge

Places of residence
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
crime novelist
ghost writer
Awards and honors
Ned Kelly Award
Richard Pine
Short biography
Michael Robotham is a former journalist and the ghostwriter of at least fourteen autobiographies of prominent figures in the military, arts, sport and science (of Lulu, Ricky Tomlinson, Geri Halliwell, Rolf Harris and Tracy Edwards and others). He lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and three daughters.



This is the fifth installment of the Joseph O'Loughlin series. Joe is a very minor character in this story. Instead the focus is on Vincent Ruiz, the ex-cop. The story alternates back and forth between two plot lines. In Iraq, journalist Luca Terracini is investigating a string of bank robberies along with UN auditor Daniela Garner. Meanwhile in London, banker Richard North has gone missing. It was a bit confusing at first for me, before I could get my bearings on how these two stories were related. But in typical Michael Robotham fashion, the writing and storytelling kept me engaged. This was a thriller.… (more)
ravensfan | 29 other reviews | Dec 24, 2023 |
When she Was Good. Michael Robotham. 2021. I have read several books by this author, but this is the first one in this series. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven is seeing a young woman, “Evie,” who was found hidden in a wall in a deserted house along with a dead body. She refused to talk about anything related to her past or give her real name. She is terrified, and Haven knows he has to learn about her history to help her. This is a wonderfully suspenseful novel full of plot twists. I am glad Janet rediscovered Robotham and hope to read more by him. Very violent.… (more)
judithrs | 17 other reviews | Oct 6, 2023 |
I would really like to rate this a 3.5/5. Interesting main character. Good plot. If you like thriller/suspense, this is for you.
Maryjane75 | 32 other reviews | Sep 30, 2023 |
In this fourth book of the Joseph O'Loughlin series, Joe becomes involved in the case in which his daughter Charlie's best friend is accused of killing her father. Sienna Hegarty is a 14-year-old girl who shows up covered with blood on the night that her father, celebrated police officer Ray Hegarty is killed at home. This is another well-written story with many twists and turns, as the reader learns more of the character of Joe O'Loughlin, a clinical psychologist who happens to have Parkinson's disease. The writing is such a joy to read.… (more)
ravensfan | 48 other reviews | Sep 9, 2023 |



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