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countries because it is revealing about the culture’s anxieties and concerns.
He likes Kiwi crime writers Paul Cleave, Paul Thomas and Ngaio Marsh (“She is number one”). ”They are evocative books about New Zealand.
“We need more. We need more crime novels to tell the world outside New Zealand what New Zealand is like. It is not just The Lord of the Rings New Zealand, but what economic and social issues there are, what the culture is like. All the things I love from crime fiction.”
He is often unaware of the subconscious fears and worries being channelled into his owns books. It took a friend to tell him what 2015 Rebus novel Even Dogs in the Wild was really about.
“After it was published my friend read it and said, ‘You know what this is about, it’s about your sons leaving home and growing up,’ which they had both done a year or two previously.
“That book does have an awful lot of father-son relationships, surrogate fathers and sons and real fathers and sons.
“Subconsciously, I had been wondering if I had done as good a job as I could have done as a parent. Had I prepared them for the world? Would I do things differently? All these questions you ask when your kids leave home. I was channelling into that book.
“I didn’t know that when I was doing it. I couldn’t have said that when I was writing the book. It took a friend to tell me that.
“What do I know? I just write the books.”
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