Tara Moss is the bestselling author of eleven books of fiction and non-fiction published in nineteen countries, a documentary maker and host, public speaker and outspoken advocate for human rights and women's rights. She is the writer of the popular Mak Vanderwall crime series, the Pandora English paranormal series, and the feminist memoir The Fictional Woman. She received an Edna Ryan award for making a feminist difference, inciting others to challenge the status quo. Tara currently lives in Vancouver with her husband and daughter. Visit her at taramoss.com.
Two girls are dead. A street kid is framed. The culprits are lying and buying their way out of it. Makedde Vanderwall, Moss's alter ego, is back. Mak's days as a glamorous model are over and this time she is stumbling her way through the seedy Sydney underworld as a private investigator. Armed with a PhD and killer instincts, Mak finds herself doing the work of incompetent cops. Perhaps a more apt title would have been 'hit and miss'. All the elements of a good crime novel are present-murder, blackmail and mystery, with a twist of romance. Moss knows exactly what her audience want; her mix of glamour and crime are appealing. There is an endless cast of intriguing characters-spoilt rich kids, stripers, punk rockers and the infamous, psychopathic Mr Hand. If you can ignore the clichés, the poor characterisation and the clumsy writing, then there are enough twists and turns in the plot to keep you interested. No doubt Moss fans and crime genre aficionados will love Moss's latest offering. However, there is little of substance here and it could leave everyone else feeling empty. Esther van Doornum works as a bookseller at Readings, Carlton