2 this week from Paul Thomas. Thomas is a UK born author who has for a number of years lived Down Under.
On various websites he is classed as a New Zealand author. I think as far as my reading goes, I’ll pigeon-hole him as English.
For a few years he was a journalist at the Sydney Herald and I always used to go online and read his weekly column. That’s the thing with me, once I find an author I like, I kind of feel compelled to read every word they write, if I can.
His three books with came out in the mid-90’s brought him to my attention initially – Dirty Laundry, Inside Dope and Guerilla Season. He has published other stuff in-between before resuming his Maori detective series with Death on Demand after a 16 year gap.
A further book - Fallout appears sometime this year, if it hasn't already.
Inside Dope won the Ned Kelly Award in 1996.
Thomas doesn’t have a website, but there is some more detail on him here, courtesy of the New Zealand Book Council.
Death on Demand (2012)
Maori cop Tito Ihaka, "unkempt, overweight, intemperate, unruly, unorthodox and profane ", is a stubborn investigator with an uncanny instinct for the truth. He hunts a shadowy hit-man who could have several notches on his belt, including that of an undercover cop. To complicate matters Ihaka becomes involved with a female suspect who could hold the key to everything.
Sex Crimes (2003)
The things we do for sex – lie, cheat, scheme, kill…
Paul Thomas’s blackly humourous stories explore the unpredictable and sometimes fatal consequences that can occur when sex rears its not – so – ugly head. The author of the ground-breaking series of New Zealand comic thrillers featuring the Maori Detective Tito Ihaka (Old School tie, Inside Dope and Guerilla Season) takes us into a world of lust, deceit, betrayal and elaborate revenge, where nothing is as it seems and even the best-laid plans never unfold quite according to plan.
Sex Crimes is seven delicious helpings of irony, intrigue and full-on entertainment from the writer who the celebrated Australian author Marele Day described as “a master of plot, pace and the killer one-liner.”