A Brilliant Female Empowered Crime Novel: Read a Review of Dead Man Switch by Tara Moss

A Brilliant Female Empowered Crime Novel: Read a Review of Dead Man Switch by Tara Moss

Dead Man Switch is set in 1946 post-war Sydney, Australia. Which in itself is a fascinating time period and nothing gets me like a book set where I live. It is so enjoyable to read how the area has changed and how it remains the same. The immediate post-war era is an interesting time period which is rarely written about.

Our heroine is Billie Walker, a private investigator who has taken over the family business of her late father. However, unlike most women post-war Billie refuses to buckle under the pressure, and continues to try and make her business work. Billie is commissioned to search for a missing teenage boy, which leads her into a world of trouble.

Moss’s writing is unapologetically feminist. She writes strong female leads who are brave and vulnerable at the same time, which is how we as a society are beginning to recognise feminist strength. Billie employs a male veteran as her secretary and confidently manages him with total ease. Strong female characters abound in this novel, including Billie’s mother Ella who is a fabulous character I’d love to read a novel based around. The novel is also wonderfully humorous, such as when Billie enlists her mother to help her discard a body at 6am on a Sunday morning and Ella remarks “He looks a lot more like a body rolled up in a rug than I was hoping.”

Billie is a fabulously courageous female lead. Through her escapades in a Sydney nightclub, she has her drink spiked. You assume she will be predictably confused and fall asleep, but instead she knows what’s up and carries on with her investigation long into the night!

Billie’s colleague Shyla who is a young mysterious Indigenous woman, whom I likened to Lisbeth from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in my imagination, becomes another mysterious central character also. The novel takes an unexpected turn by interweaving the female Jewish experience of the Holocaust, with that of young Indigenous Australian women. Billie’s investigation leads us to an explosive ending, where she doesn’t allow the men to become the heroes.

Dead Man Switch is a brilliant female empowered crime novel, which will have you hanging for a sequel!

Buy a copy of Dead Man Switch here.

About the author:

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.

 

 

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            Synopsis

            Bestselling author Tara Moss returns to crime fiction with a stunning new series, and a stunning new heroine. Meet PI Billie Walker - smart and sexy, with a dash of Mae West humour, she's a hard-boiled detective with a twist.She's a woman in a man's world ...Sydney, 1946. Billie Walker is living life on her own terms. World War II has left her bereaved, her photojournalist husband missing and presumed dead. Determined not to rely on any man for her future, she re-opens her late father's detective agency.Billie's bread and butter is tailing cheating spouses - it's easy, pays the bills and she has a knack for it. But her latest case, the disappearance of a young man, is not proving straightforward ...Soon Billie is up to her stylish collar in bad men, and not just the unfaithful kind - these are the murdering kind. Smugglers. Players. Gangsters. Billie and her loyal assistant must pit their wits against Sydney's ruthless underworld and find the young man before it's too late.
            Tara Moss
            About the author

            Tara Moss

            Tara Moss is a novelist, television presenter and journalist.Since 1999 she has written seven bestselling novels and been published in seventeen countries in eleven languages. Writing has been a lifelong passion for Moss, who began penning gruesome 'Stephen King-inspired' stories for her classmates at the age of ten. She went on to an international career as a fashion model before pursuing professional writing. Her novels have been short-listed for both the Davitt and the Ned Kelly crime-writing awards, hit No. 1 on numerous bestseller lists, and made her Australia's No. 1 selling crime writer several years running. Her in-depth research has seen her earn her private investigator credentials (Cert III) from the Australian Security Academy, tour the FBI Academy in Quantico, spend time in squad cars, morgues, prisons, the Hare Psychopathy Lab, the Supreme Court and criminology conferences, take polygraph tests, shoot weapons, conduct surveillance, pass the Firearms Training Simulator (FATSII) with the LAPD, pull 4.2 G's doing loops over the Sydney Opera House flying with the RAAF, and acquire her CAMS race driver licence. Stopping at nothing to 'experience' the research for her crime novels, Moss was set on fire by Hollywood stunt company West EFX and choked unconscious by Ultimate Fighter 'Big' John McCarthy.Moss has been an ambassador for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 2000, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007 and UNICEF Patron for Breastfeeding for the Baby Friendly Heath Initiative (BFHI) since 2011, advocating for better support for breastfeeding mums in hospitals, the workforce and general community. She is a dual Australian/Canadian citizen.

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