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Leigh Redhead Leigh Redhead i(A84243 works by)
Born: Established: 1971 Adelaide, South Australia, ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Leigh Redhead was born in Adelaide and spent her earliest years in a commune before moving to Sydney and later to Munich at the age of seven. After travelling through Europe, Readhead's family settled in Elands, an alternative community in northern New South Wales. At the age of sixteen she spent a year in California with her father and then returned to Australia, commencing work as a lingerie waitress and a stripper. While working, Redhead completed a Bachelor of Arts in communication.

(Source: The Weekend Australian Magazine, 27-28 November 2004)

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2004 winner ABC Radio Regional Production Fund Short Story Project ABC Radio Short Story Competition for Monday

Awards for Works

Thrill City 2010 single work novel crime

'Simone Kirsch, ex-stripper, sleuth and bad girl, is back in business - and before she has time to crack a bottle of cheap champagne to celebrate the opening of her very own detective agency, she's up to her neck in lethal fun and games.

'It all starts off quite innocently, when a best-selling crime novelist, Nick Austin, wants to follow her around for a few days as background research for his next novel. But the day after he, his ex-wife and her new lover all appear on the same panel at a writers festival, his ex-wife is found brutally murdered and Nick disappears, leaving Simone with more trouble than she can handle.

'While she can take murderous bikies, desperate publishers, poetry slams and a crystal meth-addicted psycho killer with literary ambitions in her stride, Simone is also juggling her very pregnant and possibly hormonally unbalanced best friend, Chloe; her ongoing attraction to ex-cop, Alex; and her boyfriend, Sean, who wants her to give up her agency and move to Vietnam.

'All up, life is complicated - not to mention the fact that she's facing the toughest, most dangerous case of her career.' (From the publisher's website.)

2011 nominated Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
Cherry Pie 2007 single work novel detective The Simone Kirsch Detective Agency - it has a ring to it that Simone loves. And she's willing to bump, grind and shimmy until she has enough money to make it happen. But nothing ever really runs quite to plan for Simone. Andi Fowler, a childhood friend and now journalism student, turns up at the strip joint in need of a detective yet unwilling to tell Simone anything more than she's got something explosively big on someone in hospitality. And the whole frenetically fast, chaotically connected case starts from there. By the next afternoon, Andi's vanished mysteriously. Restaurant corruption, an insane celebrity chef, an untraceable possum head, a conveniently absent boyfriend and a surprising amount of family history aside, Simone still has to deal with her continuing desire for Alex, her favourite policeman, while racing the clock in her desperate search for Andi. - back cover
2008 nominated Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
Rubdown 2005 single work novel crime detective

Simone Kirsch, P.I. has given up stripping and is trying to be straight. But she can never stay straight for long. Simone is hired by prominent lawyer Emery Wade, to find his wayward daughter Tamara. She's been taking drugs and working in the sex industry and Daddy fears a scandal that will affect not just his reputation, but that of her AFL-hotshot brother and his soap-star fiancee. When Simone finds Tamara dead the coroner says suicide. But Lulu, Tammy's best friend from the parlour, is convinced it's murder. Tangling with a drug dealer, a sleazy brothel owner and a bizarre love quadrangle with three coppers, time is running out for Simone to get to the bottom of it all before someone tries to keep her quiet too. A criminally witty romp on the sexy side of the mean streets.

- Publisher's blurb

2006 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
2006 joint winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
2006 joint winner Davitt Award Readers' Choice Award Joint winner with Kerry Greenwood's Heavenly Pleasures.
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