A novel about greed, revenge, deceit and love, published by Wakefield

 

Steve West is back in another action-packed Australian thriller​

 

 

Alastair Sarre was born in Leigh Creek, a coal-mining town in the outback of South Australia.

 

He spent his childhood in the Adelaide Hills, leaving at the age of 19 to study forestry at the Australian National University in Canberra. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Forestry), he worked for a mining company in Western Australia before returning to Canberra to undertake a graduate diploma of professional communication.

 

For several years Alastair worked for an intergovernmental organisation based in Japan, but he now earns his living as a freelance writer and editor specialising in forestry. He lives in the Adelaide Hills.

 

 
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Praise for Ecstasy Lake

'A strongly written thriller that combines gold prospecting with the drugs trade. ... Sarre's world is hardcore noir, a tough and masculinist environment where men butt heads against each other while their women suffer, mainly in silence, until they reach their threshold and explode. ... Sarre pulls it off with aplomb. The characters are convincing and the writing taut. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing until the end, while the contradictions of human motivation resonate beyond.'

ED WRIGHT,

THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN

'Alastair Sarre's second novel suggests that he could well do for Adelaide what [Peter] Corris has long done for Sydney ... in as arresting and memorable a style. ... Steve West is a Hardy-esque hero: amiable, slow to judge, making friends among the Mammon of unrighteousness and finding romance along the way. ... Drug labs, warring bikie gangs, an ex-SAS commando trouble-shooter, and a risky love interest ... all ensure that there is a good helping of violence and plenty of nicely tangled plot lines to hold the reader in thrall.'

KATHARINE ENGLAND,

THE ADVERTISER SAWEEKEND

'Fast-paced, well-plotted, and distinctively Australian in its style and preoccupations, Ecstasy Lake is seriously good fun to read.'

LISA HILL

ANZ LITLOVERS BLOG

 
Praise for Prohibited Zone

'Un-put-downable. It’s a very very well-crafted novel and I enjoyed it enormously'

PETER GOERS,

ABC RADIO

'A fast-moving political thriller. An outstanding debut novel.'

READPLUS

'a wonderfully intelligent and assured piece of writing ... a rare pleasure' 

GILLIAN DOOLEY,

RADIO ADELAIDE

'Alastair Sarre ... has a fine sense of rhythm ... It's a talented debut'

THE AGE

‘This is intelligent writing ... taut and funny and the sexual tension is palpable. It’s exciting without being over-the-top’​

LISA HILL,

ANZ LITLOVERS BLOG

'It is clever, insightful, thoughtful and a rollicking good tale all at once.’

WET INK MAGAZINE

'A stellar debut filled with great characters, a really good and interesting plot and comes with a quintessentially Australian feel to it - in the setting and the language. ... A lot of fun to read, Prohibited Zone was one of those books that this reader just could not put down. Fun, believable, great characters, with a sting in the tail.'

'If you like crime and detective fiction, then this is your book. If you  like a thriller with a beautifully paced narrative and surprises round almost every corner then, without a doubt, this is your book. Alastair Sarre’s novel Prohibited Zone is an intelligent work that very skillfully combines the thriller with profound socio-political commentary.'

SUSAN BALLYN,

REVIEWS IN AUSTRALIAN STUDIES

Praise for Ecstasy Lake

'A strongly written thriller that combines gold prospecting with the drugs trade. ... Sarre's world is hardcore noir, a tough and masculinist environment where men butt heads against each other while their women suffer, mainly in silence, until they reach their threshold and explode. ... Sarre pulls it off with aplomb. The characters are convincing and the writing taut. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing until the end, while the contradictions of human motivation resonate beyond.'

ED WRIGHT,

THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN

'Alastair Sarre's second novel suggests that he could well do for Adelaide what [Peter] Corris has long done for Sydney ... in as arresting and memorable a style. ... Steve West is a Hardy-esque hero: amiable, slow to judge, making friends among the Mammon of unrighteousness and finding romance along the way. ... Drug labs, warring bikie gangs, an ex-SAS commando trouble-shooter, and a risky love interest ... all ensure that there is a good helping of violence and plenty of nicely tangled plot lines to hold the reader in thrall.'

KATHARINE ENGLAND,

THE ADVERTISER SAWEEKEND

'Fast-paced, well-plotted, and distinctively Australian in its style and preoccupations, Ecstasy Lake is seriously good fun to read.'

LISA HILL,

ANZ LITLOVERS BLOG

'Westie is one of the great smartarse voices in crime fiction ... One of the many things Ecstasy Lake does with brilliance is to consciously and frequently discuss place ... Ecstasy Lake is a stupendously good example of how a crime novel can entertain deeply while provoking thought and the best sense of patriotism.'

MICHAEL X. SAVVAS,

TRANSNATIONAL LITERATURE

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