Publisher: Fremantle Press
A new novel from David Whish-Wilson is always cause to celebrate and so it is with True West. Set in the years following the Vietnam War, this latest work brings into focus an especially grubby period of WA’s history when violent xenophobia and revolutionary white nationalism were taking root. As the tense narrative unfolds, Whish-Wilson skilfully obliterates polite notions that divisions between ‘good’ and ‘bad’, ‘integrity’ and ‘criminality’, can be determined by profession or social stature. The prose is crisp, the characters well-drawn, the plot intricate, the brutality visceral and confronting. In other words, True West has everything you would want from a great crime novel.