The Shark Net

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Penguin Group Australia, Jul 8, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 372 pages
Aged six, Robert Drewe moved with his family from Melbourne to Perth, the world's most isolated city – and proud of it. This sun-baked coast was innocently proud, too, of its tranquillity and friendliness.

Then a man he knew murdered a boy he also knew. The murderer randomly killed eight strangers – variously shooting, strangling, stabbing, bludgeoning and hacking his victims and running them down with cars – an innocent Perth was changed forever.

In the middle-class suburbs which were the killer's main stalking grounds, the mysterious murders created widespread anxiety and instant local myth. 'The murders and their aftermath have both intrigued me and weighed heavily on me for three decades. To try to make sense of this time and place, and of my own childhood and adolescence, I had, finally, to write about it.'

The result is The Shark Net, a vibrant and haunting memoir that reaches beyond the dark recesses of murder and chaos to encompass their ordinary suburban backdrop.

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User Review  - KalaReadwines - LibraryThing

I originally read this book 7+ years ago when I emigrated to Perth. It was interesting but did not have any significant affect on me at the time. Now reading it all these years later when I have so ... Read full review

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User Review  - PhilipJHunt - LibraryThing

In recent years I had become familiar with Robert Drewe's gentle, homely and amusing short pieces at the back of the "Life and Style" section of "The Age". Finding "The Shark Net" in the library I ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Robert Drewe is the author of seven novels, four books of short stories, two memoirs, six other works of non-fiction and two plays. His work has been widely translated, and adapted for film, television, theatre and radio.

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