Thursday, July 14, 2011

New Reviews for Wyatt from Soho Press

We’ve written about Garry Disher’s Wyatt here before, but as the novel gets closer to its release date from Soho Press this August, it’s getting more and more critical acclaim. Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, saying “A jewel heist that appears straightforward proves anything but in Australian author Disher's outstanding seventh thriller featuring Melbourne bank robber Wyatt Wareen, last seen in 1997's The Fallout… The spare, economical prose perfectly suits this tale of mad love and crimes gone wrong, which will remind many of Westlake's better Parker novels--and should boost the reputation of Disher, winner of Australia's Ned Kelly Award, in the U.S.”
Other reviews have been very positive as well:
“Wyatt Wareen has been away for a while, but he’s back in Melbourne and looking for a score… Disher also writes the excellent Inspector Hal Challis procedurals (Chain of Evidence, 2007), but a new Wyatt novel—we’ve described the series as “criminal procedurals” (Kick Back, 1993)—is cause for celebration. Though the ensemble cast is sharply drawn, the heart of the story is Wyatt, a cool-headed, taciturn, unsentimental thief with a code…Wyatt may be a man out of time, but crime fiction like this is timeless.” -Booklist
“Disher’s depiction of Melbourne’s underworld is a revelation—undeniably lurid and harsh yet humming with a vibrancy that lends a soulful note to the story. In his first Wyatt thriller in 13 years, Disher, author of the Hal Challis police procedurals (The Dragon Man; Blood Moon) excels at capturing the complexity and tension of life on the run, and his characters exude a visceral energy as they compete to survive. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy atmospheric, character-driven crime thrillers.” -Library Journal
“Garry Disher’s “Wyatt” is a tightly plotted, entertaining heist-gone-wrong. A nice mix of characters—smart, ruthless, not so smart, trying to get by, and just plain crazy—helps build tension throughout various double crosses…Right up to the final pages there’s a sense of surprise as events develop, and Disher resists tying too neat a bow on a zigzagging story. Wyatt may be distant, but his story is a satisfying, brisk read.” -Suspense Magazine

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