Novel first in trio of Freo crime sto­ries

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Literature -

A MUR­DERER is stalk­ing the streets of Fre­man­tle’s West End, and the body count is al­ready up to three.

For lo­cal de­tec­tive sergeant Claire Pat­ter­son, the be­lief that a se­rial killer is loose in Fre­man­tle is strong, but there are ob­sta­cles, and other of­fi­cers, stand­ing in the way of her in­ves­ti­gat­ing the deaths.

This is the premise be­hind lo­cal au­thor Leigh Straw’s new book Lime­stone, the first in what will be a three-book se­ries delv­ing into a high-crime Fre­man­tle.

Dr Straw said Fre­man­tle was one of her favourite places and she was ex­cited to in­cor­po­rate it into her books.

“I used to live in Marmion Street in an old cottage built in 1895 and have al­ways en­joyed the his­tory that makes up Fre­man­tle’s char­ac­ter,” she said.

“There are so many in­ter­est­ing Fre­man­tle crime sto­ries and it doesn’t take a stretch of imag­i­na­tion to see the sto­ries all around you there.

“From the Round House to the old con­vict build­ings and Fre­man­tle Pri­son, Fre­man­tle’s crime his­tory in­spires at­ten­tion.

“Dark al­ley­ways, old lime­stone build­ings and the crim­i­nal deals made in var­i­ous cafes and pubs are per­fect ma­te­rial for fic­tion and non-fic­tion.”

Lime­stone can be pur­chased from the Book De­pos­i­tory or Ama­zon.

Au­thor Leigh Straw.

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