Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Excellent NZ crime fiction m- The Agency by Ian Austin
and discreet. No job is too big or difficult for The Agency.
the Auckland Marathon is free therapy and good exercise for Dan Calder while he is
planning what to do with his life. But when he encounters The Agency his life
instantly changes as he engages in a deadly game with an unknown foe for the
ultimate reward — his own salvation.
The Agency has
targeted a new client and before long others are depending on him too. The
clock is ticking and soon all Calder’s unique crime solving talents are brought
to the fore.
This was not the new life Dan Calder planned for himself.
Excellent New Zealand crime fiction.
On sale from 20
RRP: $29.99 | ISBN: 9780473355371
About the author:
Ian Austin was
born in 1963 in Southampton, England; his very un-remarkable school life ended
at 16. Drifting into and out of several jobs including hotel porter and
photocopier salesman he eventually found his salvation in the Hampshire Police.
A career first as a constable and then detective in the UK followed. He also
served as a tactical firearms officer, covert surveillance operative and became
the youngest ever in terms of service National Crime Squad trainer.
Ian suffered a
serious injury in 1991 while on duty, his recovery included bouts of severe
depression and a lengthy rehabilitation and he realised he needed a change.
When the NZ Police launched a recruitment drive to get UK officers to relocate
to New Zealand in the early 2000s he took the opportunity and transferred to
the New Zealand Police. Having visited several times before he had fallen in
love with the country and the Kiwi way of life so it was an easy decision.
In 2006 he
left the Police and now runs his own training and consultancy business. He
self-published his first novel The Ideas Man in 2011 selling in New Zealand,
Australia, America and the UK.
Agency is the first of a
three book series featuring ex-detective Dan Calder. Ian’s writing style is
very descriptive, formed over many years of reports, statements and interviews
for the Courts and juries requiring detailed reports that paint a picture. His
ability to communicate with his audience and allow them to see, hear, feel
touch and taste what is happening on the page is as uncommon as it is
Ian now lives in Auckland with his partner Sallie. Collectively
they have five grown-up children who are spread over New Zealand, Australia and
After reading Austin’s first book I said : ‘I reckon with Austin’s professional background and experience, and his obvious talent for writing, The Agencycould prove a winner...Books of this kind must be tautly written. It is a tough market to crack but if he can do it then the sky is the limit. If I were a gambling man I’d wager he can do it. But he needs to take advice from professionals in the industry.’
Note: Ian took that advice, The Agencywas edited by Stephen Stratford, a NZ Post Book Awards, Spectrum Book Design and the Culinary Quill Awards judge.