August 2012 sees the release of the latest Michael Robotham crime thriller — Say You’re Sorry. The novel is the fifth featuring clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin and also re-introduces retired police officer Vincent Ruiz.
You can hear Robotham introduce his new book on YouTube, or listen to him in person over coming weeks at venues across New South Wales, and in Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane. Follow the links on Robotham’s website for details.
Another well known crime fiction character, criminal lawyer Jack Irish, will soon be appearing on ABC Television. Peter Temple’s Bad Debts has been adapted for the small screen and had its premiere screening at the Melbourne International Film Festival on 3 August. The Bad Debts telemovie, starring Guy Pearce as Jack Irish, is scheduled for broadcast on ABC1 during August 2012. It has also been released on DVD.
A further adaptation to be shown on ABC1 later year will be Fergus Hume’s The Mystery of the Hansom Cab. The 1886 novel was first adapted for the screen — as a silent movie — in 1911, and has also undergone several stage productions.
AustLit records nearly 30 crime novels and films released to date in 2012. Other titles include: Kathryn Fox’s Cold Grave and Yvette Erskine’s The Betrayal; the television series Underbelly: Badness; and the film adaptation Conspiracy 365, derived from Gabrielle Lord’s children’s series.