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The Life And Crimes Of Harry Lavender Mark Bannister, Writing The Bestseller Of The Century Is Dead At His Computer, A Murder So Perfect That Claudia Valentine Smells A Rat And Wants It Caught The Chase Leads Deep Into The Murky Underworld Of Sydney Bright, Tough Claudia Must Play A Deadly High Tech Game Of Cat And Rat With A Corrupt Menacing Crime Lord


10 thoughts on “The Life And Crimes Of Harry Lavender

  1. says:

    I took a creative course taught by the author, and found it utterly dull Giving her the benefit of the doubt after all, some people aren t born teachers , I picked up this book at the library My doubts about her writing weren t completely unfounded The writing style is clunky at best, with overly descriptive passages about nothing in particular Having met the author, I would say the main character takes too much from her to be really original, and she Valentine seems to be a shapeless ama I took a creative course taught by the author, and found it utterly dull Giving her the benefit of the doubt after all, some people aren t born teachers , I picked up this book at the library My doubts about her writing weren t completely unfounded The writing style is clunky at best, with overly descriptive passages about nothing in particular Having met the author, I would say the main character takes too much from her to be really original, and she Valentine seems to be a shapeless amalgamation of various skill sets I don t think I could recommend this book to anyone with a clear conscience


  2. says:

    Absolutely atrocious Polluted my view on my life, Sydney and distinguished reality from thought Flooded with characters for the small book that it is, and the limited plot can not accommodate for character development This author brings shame to the writing community, DISGUSTING YOU MAKE ME SICK


  3. says:

    As soon as I read the first line I put the book downI woke up feeling like death Ironically appropriate, given what the day held in storeEYE ROLL The book is full of terrible one liners, often at the end of a chapter, that completely kill any mood Day was trying to create Another example this one at the beginning of a chapterSomeone had been in my room Nothing was missing, nothing rearranged, but the smell was there, the smell of intrusionEYE ROLL Please Other times a meaningl As soon as I read the first line I put the book downI woke up feeling like death Ironically appropriate, given what the day held in storeEYE ROLL The book is full of terrible one liners, often at the end of a chapter, that completely kill any mood Day was trying to create Another example this one at the beginning of a chapterSomeone had been in my room Nothing was missing, nothing rearranged, but the smell was there, the smell of intrusionEYE ROLL Please Other times a meaningless line is exacerbated with a lengthy description that says the exact same thing inwords This book won the Shamus Award for best detective fiction my eyes nearly bulged out of their sockets It s also being studied in Australian high schools as an example of detective narrative I can t believe it I also can t believe that Day teaches creative writing courses She should know better The story is lacking in two major areas plot and characterisation Evidentially this makes it a terrible novel.All her characters lack depth and even our protagonist shows no character development Whether you like a protagonist or not, if you don t form a connection with them then the story is meaningless In this case the protagonist is Claudia Valentine, a whisky drinking, divorced mother of two who lives above a pub, sleeps with as many men as she wants and is a private investigator A skillful writer could have made this believable if we understoodof who she is, not what Day tells us she does and tells us she is That s Day s problem, she suffers the amateur writer s issue of telling not showing.The dialogue is unbelievable, meaningless and often pointless.The story has a few twists and turns but no real surprises, nothing to keep you hanging on desperately to find out what happens next The book is just for lack of a better word boring.There is a silver lining In an interview Day said that she wanted to write a novel about Sydney This makes a lot of sense because Day s descriptions of Sydney were great The only time I was immersed in the action was when Claudia was involved in something that required descriptions of the place From the beach to the city, I felt connected to the imagery and, as a Sydneysider, thought the descriptions were accurate, for the most part In the end, if you trudge through the interminable, flat narrative the conclusion will not satisfy you as much as closing the book and knowing you never have to think about it again.I m giving the book one whole gold star for the sense of place it creates


  4. says:

    ugh, australian ugh, crime fiction ugh, slang i ve never particularly been a fan of contemporary books, especially ones set in australia so unpatriotic and life and crimes is no exception to this.


  5. says:

    I read it because it was the only book around and I was on a car trip It was horribly boring I am going to die wow.


  6. says:

    I decided to read this book after it was set for study for one of the students I tutor in Year 11 English I noticed that it has at times been prescribed for the NSW HSC Standard modules such as Close Study of Text , Distinctive Voices , etc so thought it would be worth having a copy and being familiar with it.It was somewhat disappointing I suppose it was at times considered a good example of contemporary Australian crime fiction It has sold well and, I believe, received at least one aw I decided to read this book after it was set for study for one of the students I tutor in Year 11 English I noticed that it has at times been prescribed for the NSW HSC Standard modules such as Close Study of Text , Distinctive Voices , etc so thought it would be worth having a copy and being familiar with it.It was somewhat disappointing I suppose it was at times considered a good example of contemporary Australian crime fiction It has sold well and, I believe, received at least one award But, at 30 years old first published 1988 I don t think it has dated well It is interesting to have it set in Sydney, a city I am familiar with, but that didn t quite make up for its lacklustre story and pastiche style It just didn t seem that contemporary anye.g the repeated references to the Sydney Monorail a novelty in 1988 but demolished in 2013.Actually, the style occasionally reminded me a little bit of Neuromancer by William Gibson 1983 but without the appeal For example, the attempts to create dramatic, poetic descriptions of the emerging digital landscape Gibson s work has become an enduring SF classic, despite not anticipating things like WiFi Somehow, Harry Lavender just seems out of date e.g some people are even using modems to transfer data I notice The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender does not appear in the latest prescriptions beginning 2019 Read it if you re keen


  7. says:

    in spite of the many negative reviews, I read this after reading the wonderful Lambs of God Very different, of course, but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it A perfect noir pastiche Perhaps you need to be a little older to fully appreciate it, but the computer jargon rang true for the time I worked in the industry then and I didn t find the Australian slang confusing except for one word deros that eventually explained itself The descriptive passages were excellent The flawed italici in spite of the many negative reviews, I read this after reading the wonderful Lambs of God Very different, of course, but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it A perfect noir pastiche Perhaps you need to be a little older to fully appreciate it, but the computer jargon rang true for the time I worked in the industry then and I didn t find the Australian slang confusing except for one word deros that eventually explained itself The descriptive passages were excellent The flawed italicised text was obviously to me anyway part of the plot, not from the narrator I look forward to reading the rest of the Claudia Valentine series


  8. says:

    This is a mystery with an Australian PI named Claudia Valentine, which was a new perspective, but the book was not really my style it was too hard boiled for me, and I found the mystery convoluted and difficult to follow, and too much rhapsodizing or obsessing about the seamy side of life in Sydney I don t think I ll be following this series.


  9. says:

    A quick read with some snappy writing The depiction of Sydney was sharp and interesting.


  10. says:

    I don t like this book Maybe because our English teacher bore so many aspects of the book into our brains, but I don t think that s exactly the reason why I don t like it.The mystery if you can even really call it a mystery was really lame, in my opinion The plot was too complicated, maybe because the book was full of computer tech jargon, and the language as really hard to understand Day also uses too much Australian slang which I should know because I m Australian, but don t and that s I don t like this book Maybe because our English teacher bore so many aspects of the book into our brains, but I don t think that s exactly the reason why I don t like it.The mystery if you can even really call it a mystery was really lame, in my opinion The plot was too complicated, maybe because the book was full of computer tech jargon, and the language as really hard to understand Day also uses too much Australian slang which I should know because I m Australian, but don t and that s why I don t like it You have to go really IN DEPTH to understand what Day is talking about and I don t like that I like a book that I can understand without going thoroughly into mindless, boring details