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Reece Pocock was born in Adelaide, South Australia, where he lives with his wife, Marilyn. After time in the Army and in business, he now finds as much time as possible to write. screenplays, adult crime novels and children’s books.
With many short stories published, he is currently co-writing a screenplay, The Tangram Concealment; his screenplay, The Soldiers, adapted from his novel of the same name, was highly commended in recent Fellowship of Australian Writers sponsored awards.
Work in progress includes a historical novel, The Soldiers, and a further crime novel and several children's books. Two short stories. The Classy Dame and What a Dirty Little Town are with publishers at this time.
on Aug. 13, 2013 :
Murder on Display (MOD) is cast in the traditional mode of the police procedural and obeys the rules of this mode intelligently. Detective Sergeant Dan Brennan is faced with a series of gruesome murders which involve both male and female victims, although the manner of the murders and the resulting displays vary between the sexes. As a procedural, MOD works well. Pocock clearly understands the rules and limits of police investigation and applies them consistently. The twist occurs when Brennan's tragic personal history distorts his capacity to engage in effective and objective police work and part of the enjoyment of the book is seeing how he ultimately reins in his personal agendas and triumphs. Family and relationship issues are well handled and become part of the plot. Readers familiar with South Australia's criminal past should not allow themselves to become obsessed with the apparent reference to the so-called Family Murders of the 1980s. The reason for their intrusion will become clear in time.
Although Pocock has used an explanation for the murderer's behaviour which is not original, he has incorporated this in a fresh manner.
I look forward to the next episode of what will undoubtedly become a series with Dan Brennan and his sidekick Mac McLean.
(reviewed the day of purchase)