The West Australian (January 2004 in a feature recommending books for summer reading)

It’s the best true crime book I’ve read since Sins of the Brother, Mark Whittaker’s account of the Backpacker Murders. Blackburn set out to write a “true crime novel”, a la Capote’s In Cold Blood, rather than a more dry journalistic account, and the book works on several levels: gruesome chiller, police procedural, legal drama, and a fascinating picture of Perth in the
Late 1950s and early 60s.

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