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Giarratano has had a long career as a psychologist specialising in psychological trauma, sex offences and psychopathology. Leah is also host of a prime-time television documentary series entitled Beyond the Darklands, in which she delves into the minds of some of Australia's most infamous criminals. (2009)

Awards for Works

Watch the World Burn 2010 single work novel crime detective 'Miriam Caine, aged seventy, is dining with her son when she bursts into flames in the restaurant of a five-star hotel. The restaurant's manager, Troy Berrigan, is first to her aid, but the woman later dies of her injuries.' Source: Libraries Australia (Sighted 06/07/2010).
2011 nominated Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
Black Ice 2009 single work novel crime detective

'Detective Sergeant Jill Jackson is working undercover in Sydney's murky drug world. Living in a run down flat and making unlikely friends Jill sees first hand what devastation the illegal drugs scene can wreak.

Jill's sister Cassie has a new boyfriend Christian Worthington. Like her, he is one of the beautiful people of Sydney, rich, good looking, great job, great car and seen in all the right places. He is a high flying lawyer doing pro bono work to keep a drug dealer out of gaol. He is also Cassie's supplier, keeping her supplied with cocaine and ice. When Cassie overdoses and is dumped at the hospital her life begins to spiral out of control.

Seren Templeton is just out of Silverwater Women's Correctional Centre. Two years in gaol away from her son for something she didn't do. And now she is ready to get her revenge on the man responsible. Things start to go awry when these worlds collide and Jill and Cassie meet on opposite sides of the law.' (Publisher's blurb)

2010 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
Vodka Doesn't Freeze 2007 single work novel crime detective When a middle-aged man is brutally murdered in the dunes overlooking a children's pool, it's immediately clear to Sergeant Jill Jackson that this was no ordinary victim: someone has stopped a dangerous paedophile in his tracks. Knowing first-hand the impact of such men on their prey, Jill is ambivalent about pursuing the killer, but when more men die - all known to police as child sex offenders - she is forced to face the fact that a serial killer is on the loose. As the investigation deepens, Jill unearths a long-established Sydney paedophile ring - a club of wealthy men who have thought until now that that they are untouchable. Despite the deaths of some of its members, the club is still operating and until Jill can shut it down, children are still in grave danger. As she faces predators and their victims, a psychotherapist losing her mind, and her own nightmares come to life, Jill is forced to decide whether or not she really wants to catch this killer. (Publisher's blurb).
2008 nominated Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best First Novel
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