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Ade­laide is… the home of a fan­tas­tic fes­ti­val with some beau­ti­ful ar­chi­tec­ture to ri­val Melbourne’s. Home is… Melbourne. And within walk­ing dis­tance of the city’s cen­tre. If you came to my part of the world I’d take you to… care­fully se­lected bars ac­cessed by hid­den laneways and base­ment steps. The view from my desk is… cur­rently a blank wall in the spare room now that a small in­fant has laid claim to my study. I’m in­spired by… night walks through in­ter­est­ing places with a lot of his­tory. The pet I’ll never for­get… an ax­olotl I had as a child. It was so strange as to al­most be a mytho­log­i­cal crea­ture. I get scared by… mil­lion­aire au­thors pub­lish­ing “de­but” crime nov­els un­der pseudonyms in the same month that my book is re­leased. (Thanks J.K. Rowl­ing). You wouldn’t know it but... other than the long-for­got­ten le­gal prece­dent at the heart of my lat­est book, all the other case law is real and ac­cu­rate. My next book will be… the se­quel to

which delves into the se­cret his­tory of Aus­tralia’s found­ing and the vi­o­lent shadow it casts across present day Melbourne. Blood Wit­ness by Alex Ham­mond, Pen­guin Group (Aus­tralia), RRP $29.99, is out now.

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