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ItemBestsellerdoom. "Warra Warra: A Ghost Story" by John Scott. [review](Australian Book Review, 2003-05) Anderson, DonThis novel has a controlled opening, a reasonable tone. But soon control will not avail and the irrational will hold sway, though Scott will maintain a firm control over his plot, with developments and reversals proceeding calmly, which is more than can be said for the unfortunate townsfolk of Warra Warra. Anderson would like to wish John Scott all the successes of bestsellerdom, if that be what he wants. He can't, however, help feeling that he has fallen between two stools. "The Architect" should have received the rewards and recognition it deserved.
ItemThree Sleuths. "Master's Mates" by Peter Corris, "Kittyhawk Down" by Garry Disher and "Something Fishy" by Shane Maloney. [review](Australian Book Review, 2003-08) Anderson, DonIf we are to believe Aristotle, or the Chicago neo-Aristotelians (R.S. Crane, Richard McKeown, et al.), or even bluff old Squire Henry Fielding, then plot is the mainstay of drama, as of the novel. This has often been held to be particularly so of detective fiction. On the other hand, Raymond Chandler was notoriously cavalier about the 'what, who, and why' of narrative causation, and Edmund Wilson famously asked, 'Who cares who killed Roger Ackroyd?' It would seem that voice and character (Peter Corris’s Cliff Hardy, Gary Disher’s Detective Inspector Hal Challis, Shane Maloney's Murray Whelan, MP) are as important as plot, if not on occasion more so. Milieu is crucial: think of Hardy's Sydney, Peter Temple's Melbourne, Carl Hiassen's Florida, Elmore Leonard's Detroit and Miami. Plot Rules, OK? Not! Voice is everything.
ItemUtzon's Outside. "The Outside Story: A Novel" by Sylvia Lawson [review](Australian Book Review, 2003-11) Anderson, DonThe central proposition of this novel is: ‘That is where the important life of the building is, on the outside. It is the outside that counts. The outside is Utzon’s.’ The important life of novels, on the other hand, is on the inside, and one may ask whether "The Outside Story" possesses sufficient interiority, dramatised rather than told. The latter is what essays do.