Sub­ur­ban boy hosts book event

Southern Telegraph - - LIFESTYLE - Pierra Wil­lix

Dave Warner has used many cases as in­spi­ra­tion for his crime nov­els, but in a strange case of life im­i­tat­ing art, he was ques­tioned by po­lice as a sus­pect in the Clare­mont se­rial killings 20 years af­ter he re­leased a novel about se­rial killings in Perth.

In 1995, Warner re­leased his first novel City of Lights, which was in­spired by cases that had gripped Perth, in­clud­ing the Eric Edgar Cooke and Birnie mur­ders, as well as the mur­der of Shirley Finn.

How­ever, some strange co­in­ci­dences — the name of the de­tec­tive lead­ing the mur­der case in his novel was the same as the de­tec­tive who ended up in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Clare­mont killings — as well as the top­ics of his nov­els led cold-case de­tec­tives to turn up at his home in Syd­ney in 2015, say­ing he had been nom­i­nated by sev­eral peo­ple as a sus­pect in the mur­ders.

Co-op­er­at­ing with po­lice, Warner said it was a strange ex­pe­ri­ence.

Well known for his band Dave Warner’s From The Sub­urbs, Warner said his love of the crime genre stemmed from a child­hood in which he was cap­ti­vated by Sher­lock Holmes de­tec­tive sto­ries and books like The Mal­tese Fal­con. His lat­est novel, River of Salt, fol­lows Blake Saun­ders, a hit man for the Philadel­phia mob who flees to Aus­tralia and starts over.

How­ever, the mur­der of a young wo­man and the ar­rest of his friend leads Blake to hunt down the true killer.

Next week, Warner will mark his book’s launch with An Hour of Hits, Wit and Lit, when he will be joined by Tony Durant, with the two set to per­form and talk about Warner’s love of crime fic­tion, and de­tail his books.

Warner will be at the Mary Davies Li­brary and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre from 4pm on Tues­day, April 2.

En­try is free but book­ings are es­sen­tial.

RSVP to the li­brary by call­ing 9591 0800 or email mdl­c­c­con­[email protected] rock­ing­ham.wa.gov.au.

Pic­ture: Bled­dyn Butcher

Dave Warner

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