Poetic Licence

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Pub Date 15 May 2022 | Archive Date 31 May 2022

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Description

‘​​a block of shadow pushing against a diffusing moonlight, the golden halo spreading out into the vineyards from its sides draining into the night like blood on a carpet’

Art Lazaar is a writer with a past he can’t escape. Mysteriously contracted to an unknown government agency while doubling as an academic, he feels the chill of a different evil crawling around his belly when asked to protect a young asylum seeker running from those who murdered her brother. It’s not a request he can refuse.

‘​​a block of shadow pushing against a diffusing moonlight, the golden halo spreading out into the vineyards from its sides draining into the night like blood on a carpet’

Art Lazaar is a writer with...


Advance Praise

Poetic Licence dives headlong into a world of political and institutional corruption, exposing the vast gulf between the words and deeds of the powerful, between the lives of the haves and have-nots, and the casual mistreatment of asylum seekers. Written in terse, propulsive prose, Poetic Licence is a clever thriller that won’t disappoint. David Whish-Wilson

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A vividly-realised Fremantle is the apt setting for this zeitgeisty thriller. Hunter is an original and kick-ass protagonist.  Alan Carter


Poetic Licence dives headlong into a world of political and institutional corruption, exposing the vast gulf between the words and deeds of the powerful, between the lives of the haves and...


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ISBN 9780994211552
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Freedom: 'a bit of a bloody worry'. Kevin Price's upcoming novel, Poetic Licence, is a brilliantly haunting page-turner that may well be the defining political thriller of the Gillard/Abbott election fiasco of 2013. The novel follows writer and academic, Art Lazaar, as he is tasked with protecting a young asylum seeker from the very people who murdered her brother. In this gripping and unputdownable narrative, 'truth' is unravelled through the switching perspectives of various characters, slamming readers into the middle of the action and the mystery surrounding one of Australia's defining contemporary political moments. The strength of this novel lies in its multiple narratorial perspectives and the bending of its poetic licence (aptly made the title of the book). For that, this is definitely a 2022 must read for lovers of Australian political thrillers! Many thanks goes to Crotchet Quaver for providing this ARC via NetGalley.

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