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.