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Meet Peter Doyle, author of Suburban Noir: Crime and mishap in 1950s and 1960s Sydney

2022-11-16 18:30:00 2022-11-16 19:30:00 Australia/Sydney Meet Peter Doyle, author of Suburban Noir: Crime and mishap in 1950s and 1960s Sydney Small time heists. Failed robberies. Runs of bad luck. Payback. Love gone wrong. Drink, drugs and late-night assignations. Cops doing... Australia Lauren Page lpage@hornsby.nsw.gov.au
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Location: Hornsby Library, 28-44 George St, Hornsby NSW 2077
Event cost: Free. Bookings are essential.
Contact: Hornsby Shire Libraries
Email: library@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Small time heists. Failed robberies. Runs of bad luck. Payback. Love gone wrong. Drink, drugs and late-night assignations. Cops doing their job well. And badly. Plausible lies, unlikely truths. Murder and misadventure. In Suburban Noir Peter Doyle – author of City of Shadows and Crooks Like Us – explores the everyday crime and catastrophe that went on in the fibro and brick veneers, the backyards, bedrooms, vacant lots and pokie palaces of 1950s and 1960s suburbia. Extensive research into forensic archives, public records and the private papers of the late Brian Doyle (1960s detective, later assistant commissioner of police, and Peter Doyle’s uncle) also reveals important new information about two of the most famous crimes in Australian history – the Kingsgrove Slasher case and the Graeme Thorne kidnap murder.

Peter Doyle is a novelist and non-fiction writer. He has curated major exhibitions on pulp publishing and forensic material cultures. His books include City of Shadows and Crooks Like Us and the novel The Big Whatever. He is the recipient of two Ned Kelly Awards for his fiction, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award. He is an Honorary Associate Professor of Media at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Author Peter Doyle

This event will be followed by a book signing and copies of Suburban Noir will be available to purchase from Novella Fine Books.

Book Cover Suburban Noir

Hornsby Library

28-44 George St, Hornsby NSW 2077