Your Preview Verdict: Shore Leave by David Whish-Wilson

Your Preview Verdict: Shore Leave by David Whish-Wilson

It is Fremantle in 1989 and Frank Swann is at home, suffering from an undiagnosed and debilitating illness. When Frank is called in to investigate an incident at a local brothel, it soon appears there is a link between the death of two women and the arrival of the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Carl Vinson in the port city. Shore Leave is the fourth book in the Frank Swann series and also features Lee Southern, the main character from True West.

Read some 5 Star reviews from our Preview readers here:

Kind of feels like a 1970/80s Aussie book Matthew Reilly/Clive Cussler/Chris Hammer would write. Steve and Frank are an awesome pairing! I’d never heard of David Whish-Wilson but am now buying the previous three books in the Frank Swann series. Set aside a few days, you won’t want to be disturbed! This has it all, another unputdownable read, thank you Better Reading, your choices are varied and absolutely amazing. – Penny, NSW, 5 Stars

My first Frank Swann novel – but it won’t be the last! This is a fast-paced, gritty cop story that hooks you in from the first page. I could picture Fremantle and its seedy nightlife of the late 1980s through the terrific writing of David Whish-Wilson. The bikies, the Navy, cops, ladies of the night and everything in between. This novel is for anyone who enjoys a good whodunnit. Grab a coffee and settle in for a fantastic ride! – Nicole, QLD, 5 Stars

Thank you, thank you! I really enjoyed reading Shore Leave by David Whish-Wilson. Well written and easy to read with Fremantle as a backdrop, Shore Leave has unusual but interesting twists and turns woven in with gun-running and gang wars. I could even feel the summer heat. The main character, Frank Swann, is perfect. His interaction with the other characters and situations he encounters worked a treat for me. David hasn’t used expletive language, gratuitous sex or gruesome scenes to build his story. He has managed to blend at least six individual story plots into one great old fashioned ‘whodunit’. It kept me guessing till the end. More like this plz. Great work Paul! – Sharon, ACT, 5 Stars

Shore leave by David Whish-Wilson Wow what a great read. A captivating story which built with each chapter. Loved the depth of characters and how Whish-Wilson built and held your interest as the story progressed. A real page-turner with twists and turns. Loved this book and didn’t want it to finish. – Christine, QLD, 5 Stars

What a great read, it had me enthralled from the very beginning. Three subplots that all came together at the very end, with a twist or two that the reader didn’t see coming. The main character, Frank Swann, is such an unlikely hero, who has a way of getting to the truth of things, although perhaps not quite on the straight and narrow. His relationships with a number of questionable characters as well as his love for his family make for enjoyable reading and give an insight into the man behind this ex-cop. David Whish-Wilson has managed to evoke 1980s Fremantle in such a way that the reader is transported back in time, and given a timely reminder of what life was like before our manic reliance on mobile phones and wifi. As there are more books in the Swann series, I look forward to reacquainting myself with Frank again very soon. I thoroughly recommend Shore Leave to anybody who enjoys a good yarn. – Deanne, VIC, 5 Stars

This is the first novel I have read by David Whish-Wilson and I thoroughly enjoyed reading Shore Leave. A crime story with twists and turns that kept me motivated and trying to guess the outcome. There are a number of relatable characters in the book, but Shore Leave is based around the main character Frank Swann. It is 1989 and the USS Carl Vinson is in Fremantle with a crew of American sailors waiting to take their leave. Shore Leave is a story that will weave and mesh a plot of murder, revenge, corruption and relationships. This is a quality crime story, well written and one that I have immensely enjoyed. – Laurelle, QLD, 5 Stars

I loved this book from the first to last page. Set in a beautiful part of Western Australia. Murder and mayhem, the sex trade, horny sailors and mystery and intrigue. Everything I want in a good book. – Bridget, VIC, 5 Stars

Shore Leave by David Whish-Wilson is the fourth book in the Frank Swann series. This is the first book in the series that I’ve read, so I’m excited to go back and read how Swann got to where he is. If this book is anything to go by the previous three books are going to be a great ride into the past of Australia. This one has it all. Brothels, US seamen, bikies, gold miners, the list just goes on and on. The story never loses pace and keeps the reader hooked from beginning to end. It’s a great ride of Australia in the late 80s, and Australian books and authors are on the rise. – Terry, NSW, 5 Stars

Shore Leave is set in Fremantle, Western Australia in 1989. The state is booming following Fremantle Yacht Club’s Americas Cup win and the city is crawling with American mariners – the US Carl Vinson is in port and the 5000 sailors who sail on her have shore leave. The bars and brothels are packed, two women have been murdered, some M16s are missing and a couple of the sailors have gone AWOL. Frank Swann is an ex-detective now working as a private investigator, mainly for the mining companies and the US shore patrol. He’s taken on to assist in the investigation into the death of a local sex worker who had a relationship with a US sailor, but his investigations reveal that there is a lot more going on and the local outlaw bikie gangs seem to be linked to it all. Told from various viewpoints, Whish-Wilson writes a riveting and entertaining story of corruption, greed and violence. But underneath it, there is a tender rendition of friendships and family and what brings people to do the things they do. I thoroughly enjoyed this gritty tale, and can’t wait to read more of his work. – Monique, QLD, 5 Stars

Shore Leave is the first David Whish-Wilson book I have read. It is the 4th in the Frank Swann series, but I didn’t feel like I have not missed anything by not having read the preceding three books. The chapters are short and intense, causing you turn the pages even faster to keep up with the pace of the story, which was kept interesting with several plots interwoven throughout, and a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. It was great to hark back to Australia as it was in 1989 when mobile phones were first used and were referred to as ‘bricks’. I love reading books by Australian authors, set in Australia, as I have either visited the places in the book or have heard of them and can picture the settings. It also means that I can ‘hear’ the characters speak with Aussie accents and understand the slang used. I will certainly be looking out of more of David’s books in future. Thank you to Better Reading for the ARC. – Maree, QLD, 4 Stars

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          Synopsis

          It is Fremantle in 1989 and Frank is at home, suffering from an undiagnosed nd debilitating illness. When Frank is called in to investigate an incident at a local brothel, it soon appears there is a link between the death of two women and the arrival of the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Carl Vinson in the port city. Shore Leave is the fourth book in the Frank Swann series. It also features Lee Southern, the main character from True West.

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