FRANK’S BACK WITH A PROB­LEM

PERTH’S BAD OLD DAYS FORM BA­SIS FOR DARK CRIME YARN

Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Jes­sica Nico

IN the days be­fore ev­ery­one had a mo­bile phone, former de­tec­tive Frank Swann has an old-fash­ioned tapped land­line prob­lem to deal with.

And it is a prob­lem that could mean trou­ble not only for him­self, but for the pre­mier of WA too.

Still dis­graced from the po­lice force, Frank re­turns for the third time in au­thor David Whish-Wil­son’s lat­est of­fer­ing Old Scores.

Whish-Wil­son said Old Scores fol­lowed his trend of set­ting books in WA’s po­lit­i­cally tu­mul­tuous pe­riod of the 70s and 80s.

“My broad fic­tional project is to en­ter­tain read­ers while hope­fully also cap­tur­ing the kind of 1970s and 80s Perth cul­ture and story and char­ac­ter that you don’t nor­mally find in books,” he said.

“The back­drop to Old Scores is the WA Inc pe­riod of 1980s Perth, when our cow­boy cap­i­tal­ists ended up run­ning the show and emptying out the pub­lic cof­fers.

“We had two con­sec­u­tive Premiers go to jail, and plenty more politi­cians and shonky busi­ness­men might have. There was a Royal Com­mis­sion which meant that the mask slipped, al­beit briefly and the face be­hind wasn’t pretty and this is of course ter­rific ma­te­rial for a crime writer.”

Bas­ing a good deal of his nar­ra­tive on first-ac­count sto­ries of what life was like dur­ing that time, he said read­ers would see a dif­fer­ent side to the Perth they were used to.

“I aim to write a gripping darker-edged crime story that will ap­peal to a broad read­er­ship but also re­flect some­thing spe­cific about the city I call home,” he said.

“One of the strengths of crime fic­tion is that it fore­grounds place and set­ting, both to cre­ate at­mos­phere and tone but also to ex­plore what makes one place and its crime dif­fer­ent from ev­ery other place.”

Visit www.fre­mantlepres­s.com.au for more in­for­ma­tion or to pur­chase the book.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d460471

Au­thor David Whish-Wil­son: Read­ers will see a dif­fer­ent side to Perth.

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