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Flank Street (The Sydney Quartet Book 1) by [Sendall, A.J.]
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Awarded the AIA Seal of Excellence for Outstanding Fiction, and the prestigious B.R.A.G. Medallion, Flank street is an unforgettable novel from “One of the most distinct and exciting new voices in crime writing.”

A woman with a lust for money and danger…
A man with a hunger for risk and adrenaline…
Can they con the Sydney underworld and get away with murder?
Or will they both end up dumped in a dark alley?
No one can be believed. No one can be trusted.

Welcome to King’s Cross…

When Micky DeWitt sails into Sydney, Australia, his only assets are a run down yacht, his wits, and the skills he’s picked up as a dedicated career criminal.
Shiftless, cynical and dishonest, even with himself, Micky takes a job as a barman in Sydney's seedy red light district of Kings Cross. He’s a chameleon, seeing himself as both master criminal and chilled-out world sailor. He wants a life on Easy Street, is driven by the desire to ‘get away with it,’ and addicted to the adrenaline rush that comes with that life.

Carol Todd is turned on by money and risk-taking. For Carol, there’s no such thing as “enough”. Being an escort to a few wealthy clients is just a means to an end. A couple of underworld connections help, too. But what she needs for her latest con is a fall guy—someone she can use and lose once she’s done with him. And Micky DeWitt looks like the perfect man to fall into her sultry, seductive honey trap.

Playing to Micky’s twisted sense of chivalry, Carol leads him into a hedonistic free-fall. As Micky’s life spins out of control it doesn’t take long to graduate from burglary to arson, then accessory to murder. And no matter which way he moves, someone’s going to get hurt… or die.

"Suspenseful, pithy, unpredictable, and laced with black humour, Flank Street perfectly captures the mood of Sydney’s criminal underworld."

What readers are saying:
"Bloody bold, and brilliant!"
"The dialogue is short, sharp, and terse, with just the right amount of street talk to make Flank Street a compelling read for fans of hard-boiled crime fiction."
"This book is a page-turner for anyone who likes noir thrillers/mysteries."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4156 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Next Chapter Press; 1 edition (15 May 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TN37XYG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Well, well, well ... What a read! I decided to read this book because it was recently given a 5 star review by Awesome Indies, which is a pretty good recommendation. That, and it's set in Australia. And I certainly wasn't disappointed! This book has intrigue, romance, mystery - and it all takes place in the famous Kings Cross district in the heart of Sydney. The main character and narrator, Micky Dewitt, is the most likeable thug I've ever encountered, and his story kept me engaged from start to finish. Well written in every respect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great writer, great crime novel that falls apart towards the end 20 March 2016
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This is a great writer, his language is stark, precise and vivid. I loved the setting having visited Sydney twice and spent months there recently. It is a different time span (1990's) from my visits. So I did not notice any "underworld" in my visits. I loved the story, the characters. What ruined it for me was the final chapters and the epilogue, which did not make any sense and opened so many big holes in the plot so I subtracted one star from my rating. Overall it is a great crime novel that falls apart towards the end and the epilogue that does not make any sense.
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4.0 out of 5 stars AJ Sendall is hitting his stride! 9 June 2015
By Mik Hetu, Author - Published on
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I enjoyed this book! Most importantly, I wanted to find out what happens, and without that, a story is nothing. I liked the “flawed hero”, and also AJ Sendall did a fine job of developing the character Carol, adding layer upon layer of human personality. I could relate to the characters and much milder forms of the events, all of it a subtly dealt exaggeration of common lives. This is a professional quality book. AJ Sendall is hitting his stride!
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turning keepyouplate read 21 August 2015
By Denise Shell - Published on
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Well researched fast moving and edgy. The story line kept me wondering and interested. Await the arrival of no.3 with interest. Keep them coming.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down, Under and Out 22 July 2015
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This engrossing story of the Sydney underworld is based in Kings Cross in the early nineties, home to prostitutes, gambling, drugs, and violence, run by a crime boss who is determined to hold onto his lucrative patch.

British Micky turns up on his boat in Sydney, looking for criminal opportunities to make money and he heads for The Cross. The book charts his highs and lows; he goes from having hundreds of thousands of dollars and blowing them on gambling, women, and alcohol, to living on the street.

He's a complex character with an indeterminate past, all we know is he's been around a bit, but we learn this isn't his first encounter with crime.

It's very much a crime noir novel, in terms of style, characters and dialogue, and with the protagonist playing the anti-hero for the most part, yet, he appears to have some scruples. The writing is terse, simple, and in the first person. We see the world through Micky's eyes and his alone. And, we come to know the women he meets, or we know them as much as he does. With everyone, there is always a question about who they truly are. The story focuses on how people establish relationships when no one can really trust anyone.

Sendall keeps the mystery and intrigue going throughout the book, with an amazing epilogue.

He also uses the prologue in an interesting way, in that he starts with the ending of the story to introduce how he arrived at his current position in Sydney. I liked the originality with the way he has used traditional novel construction for his own ends. Somewhat like his main character uses everyone, and who is after all, the narrator. Rather than chapter numbers, Sellars uses clever and appropriate titles for each chapter too.

This book is a page-turner for anyone who likes noir thrillers/mysteries/ I received this book free of charge from the author in return for an honest review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flank Street is a compelling read for fans of hard-boiled crime fiction 31 July 2015
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Grifter Micky deWitt sails into Sydney. It’s the 1990s and all we know about him is that he knows how to handle a gun and has had to keep moving. From Hamburg to London, to Boston and Antigua, every time Micky ties up his boat in a new country, he lands himself in a heap of trouble. Is he merely moving on, or is he running away, even Micky doesn’t really know.

So why would Australia be any different? He becomes a ‘burglar, barhop and arsonist’ in King’s Cross, Sydney’s red light district, where tourists, locals, gangsters and sex workers go about their daily business.

Written in the first person, Micky’s observes the dysfunctional world around him with suspicion. And he’s right. You can’t trust anyone who inhabits Sydney’s underbelly, least of all Micky. In Micky, the author has created a most unreliable narrator. And even though this reader didn’t particularly like him, the characterisation is utterly convincing, as is the depiction of King’s Cross at the time (pre-Olympics and before the high earning corporates moved in.)

When Micky needs to escape the grimy inner city, he jumps on board his boat Nina, raising the mainsail, sailing from the relative calm of Pittwater out to the open sea at North Head. Rich in detail, Flank Street is so skillfully written, that it hooked this reader, despite lacking a subplot that might have allowed the writer to vary the pace. We never do find out what was Micky’s back story as the writer withholds this information from us, but that just adds, rather than detracts from the mystery.

Micky’s casual sexism may annoy, but it isn’t out of place in this story or genre, particularly given the setting and the era. And Micky’s characterisation is sufficiently complex for this reader to overcome any negative aspects of the world he inhabits.

The two female characters, worldly-wise Carol and the sweet and vulnerable Meagan, come across as fully realised, three-dimensional characters. When Micky first meets Carol he makes assumptions about her based on the way she presents herself to the world. But as he gets to know her, he (and we) find out that she has depth and intelligence that are not immediately revealed. The dialogue is short, sharp and terse, with just the right amount of street talk to make Flank Street a compelling read for fans of hard-boiled crime fiction. Five stars.

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