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Steve Gerlach is one of Australia's few thriller writers. Born and bred in Australia, Gerlach's fast-paced, cut-to-the-bone style is a refreshing voice in the dry, barren Australian literary scene.
Steve's background includes many varied roles. He has worked as an editor for a book publisher; as the editor-in-chief of an Australian motorcycle magazine; editor and publisher of an international crime magazine, Probable Cause; a researcher and columnist for a major Australian daily newspaper; a Technical Publications Officer in the security industry; marketing executive for an international telecommunications software company; a writer for Australian Defence training and software producers; and currently works in the field of major infrastructure procurement and delivery.
He was also the Historical Advisor on the Australian film, Let's Get Skase.
Steve Gerlach lives in Melbourne, where he is currently working on a new novel or two, and a podcast or three.
on March 26, 2011 :
Wow...this book absolutely blew me away. It is one of those books that will stay with you forever. The storyline is totally unexpected. I was reading it and literally screaming at my Kindle for John (one of the main characters) to sort his head out (don't want to say too much as I don't want to ruin the story). The author lulls you into a nice sense of security as you are happily going along with the plot and then WHAM - the plot changes and you are left thinking 'Oh My God'. Very graphic, very gruesome, very cringeworthy - just how I like my books. As the book nears the end, we find out the real reason for all the shenanigans, and we see a slightly different side to John, who throughout the story we have felt quite sorry for, but we still feel for him just the same. Steve Gerlach, you have one twisted mind and we love you for it. As you read this book your sympathies for the characters shift constantly as you try to suss out what is going to happen. This is seriously one of the best books I have ever read. If you like Laymon, then you will love this. Be warned though, the graphic descriptions will have you squirming in your seat. And if you're a bloke...well trust me, you will never look at women the same again. Excellent value for money - you have to buy this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)