KILL SHOT Garry Disher TEXT PUBLISHING, RRP $30
In this latest Wyatt outing from the ever accomplished and entertaining Garry Disher, the master thief is on to a good thing with a contact who can supply details of likely places to rob. But, as ever, Wyatt is meticulous in his planning and willing to walk away from a big payday if anything seems remotely off. For most members of the NSW police force, this menacing man does not even exist, such is the way Wyatt goes about his business, never lingering long in one place or doing anything to bring attention to himself. Only one cop sees a pattern in a number of recent thefts, but he’s a man of old-fashioned ways who has a boss with a whiteboard and action points rather than a nose for crime. But he’s not the only one who is after the man who seems to be able to disappear at will. Disher blends several threads in Wyatt’s latest misadventure on the way to proving that ever since Ned Kelly, there is a certain type of criminal for whom Australians always have a soft spot, and plenty of businessmen we’d all rather see in jail.