Why are we so fascinated by true crime books? What does that say about our culture and society? And what attracts writers to this grim genre?
The Kill Your Darlings First Book Club, which promotes the debut titles of Australian authors, has chosen Martin McKenzie-Murray’s Murder without Motive as its first book of 2016. McKenzie-Murray’s masterful debut is about the 2004 murder of Rebecca Ryle in suburban Perth, and blurs the traditional ‘police procedural’ elements of the true-crime genre, with that of memoir.
McKenzie-Murray will join Gideon Haigh for an in-depth discussion of crime-writing and murder most horrid.
Martin McKenzie-Murray is the Saturday Paper’s chief correspondent. He is a former Canberra speechwriter, Age columnist, and adviser to the chief commissioner of Victoria Police.
Gideon Haigh has been a journalist 32 years, published 32 books and edited seven others. His latest is book is Stroke of Genius: Victor Trumper and the Shot That Changed Cricket published in 2016 by Penguin Random House.