Wade Bowmer


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  • G'Day L.A. on Oct. 13, 2011

    Let me get this out of the way at the start: this is a real page turner. "G'day L.A." is basically a modern crime thriller. The protagonist, one Ellie Bourke, is an Aussie trying to make it as an actor in Los Angeles, after a part in a C-grade horror flick filmed in Australia. And she's having just enough success that she doesn't quite need a real job. Her flatmate, Joel, is a stand-up comedian who is starting to make some headway in a similarly difficult career choice. Unfortunately, shortly after the story starts, he is found dead in the bathtub. In a locked house. Though ruled suicide, Ellie doesn't believe it and can't convince anyone else. Then she discovers something that convinces her it wasn't suicide. But how to prove it? It's been a long time since I read any crime fiction, particularly modern crime fiction; so long, in fact, that I can't remember what I last read in that genre or when. Regardless, the story moves apace. I was well into the story proper way before I realized it. I guess I'm used to longer books! But the pace keeps accelerating nicely and there were several tense moments towards the end where everything could easily go pear-shaped. McFadden has clearly made it a product of the times. There are two iPhones in the story. GPS navigation is mentioned. So is Dr Horrible. I doubt this will date it, of course, merely set it in it's time period. All in all, a good book and a good story.