Garry Disher

You might question how someone whose list of writing credits runs to more than forty titles might have slipped under the radar, but a glance at his list of publications reveals  number of titles in the Young Adult and Children’s Fiction section and a couple of historical titles. He’s obviously a very skilled writer (sit me down with a Wyatt or Challis and Desrty and you’ll probably find I’ve knocked it over in a session or two because they’re genuine page-turners) who produces onsistently high work in the crime genre and you’d have to assume his other work is at least as good. Would be investigating further if his other titles were available in the local library.


The Wyatt Series:

  • Paydirt, which opens with Wyatt investigating the possibility of knocking over an armoured payroll van making a delivery to a mining site in semi-outback South Australia. 

Wyatt’s been forced to lie low after whatever transpired in Kickback (that seems like a safe assumption, based on how things have panned out to date) but may not be totally aware how severely he’s managed to irritate the Sydney-based Outfit, who’ve sooled crooked ex-cop Letterman onto his trail, contract in hand.

Pulling off the payroll heist means he’ll need to pit together an outfit of his own, and the fact that he has to enlist assistance from people he doesn’t know opens the possibility of significant double crossing, particularly when one of his accomplices has a close association with crooked car dealer and entrepreneur Ray Trigg, who has money worries of his own.

Easy to read, and knocked over in the space of a couple of hours, Paydirt has tipped the scales towards seeking out and buying the remaining Wyatt titles, and I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for new titles in the series.

  • Deathdeal opens with Wyatt lying low after the Paydirt debacle, unaware that someone other than the authorities is trying to track him down. They’re not, however, out to get rid of him. Someone wants his expertise in a two million dollar bank job in Brisbane..

The predictable complications, apart from the fact that there’s someone out there who’s good enough to track him down and the questionable motive behind the job, take the form of a drug smuggling pilot, a bank's manager with serious money problems and the murky figures that loom behind them.

When I manage to track down Crosskill I’ll be able to fill in a bit of missing detail.

  • The Wyatt Butterfly (omnibus edition comprising Port Vila Blues and The Fallout

In Port Vila Blues he starts off with what seems like a straightforward burglary which yields a valuable piece of jewellery that was part of the haul from another robbery and when the corrupt police responsible for that one learn it's back in circulation it comes as no surprise to learn they want to find out what's going on.

The Fallout. After escaping from Port Vila with a different bundle of jewellery Wyatt is inveigled into helping his nephew with an art heist while the nephew is being conned into joining a search for bullion in a sunken wreck.

Much of the attraction in both stories lies in the characters that surround Wyatt.

While his nephew is in some ways a chip off the old block, he's an interesting contrast to the cautious, business-like unemotional Wyatt, blowing the proceeds of a series of bank robberies across rural Victoria at the Crown Casino, and keeping a collection of annotated press clippings in his semi-swisho apartment.

Port Vila Blues, Challis and Destry titles

© Ian Hughes 2012