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Kickback (The Wyatt novels Book 1) by [Disher, Garry]
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Professional, methodical and only slightly sentimental, Wyatt is a flinty poem of a criminal and one of the most memorable creations in modern Australian literature.

Wyatt plans to hit a suburban law firm for the settlement money in its safe. But he’s working with cowboys, and the lawyer planning to rip off her boss is a little too mysterious for his comfort. Wyatt’s as good as they come, but everything needs to go like clockwork—and you can’t always plan around human frailty.

This is the perfect introduction to an exquisite series: hard-boiled Melbourne in the time of video rentals and answering machines, paper money, Datsuns and Customlines. It’s as sinewy and efficient as Wyatt himself, superbly crafted and relentlessly tense. And it gets even better from here.

In 2000, Kickback won the international section of the Deutscher Krimi Preis, the oldest and most prestigious German literary prize for crime fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1159 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ligature (31 October 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017FM561I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,625 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Why did I wait so long before trying one of Garry Disher`s Whyatt novels?
Being a newby to the Disher oeuvre I was looking for another recent novel as good as Bitter Wash Road, thinking wrongly that the older novels wouldnt be as well executed. How wrong I was. This book whilst written, I assume, quite some time ago, is just excellent. I'm looking forward to reading the whole Whyatt series from the beginning now.
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If you haven't read Garry Disher, now is the time to start .KICKBACK is amazing. Disher doesn't waste a word, his writing is crisp and taut. A superb thriller .
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Good storyline and interesting characters. Shows a real feeling of desperation in Wyatt. Where does he go to now? Leaves it all up in the air
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Good read get it it's not bad an Aussie crim story with a twist here and there and leads into the next book very well
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Australian Writer, Garry Disher 9 December 2015
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There are few books that I even consider buying for my Kindle without getting a sample first. Amazon's sample concept keeps me from spending money that I later regret. So I (almost) always get the sample, even for authors I know and love. The sample process is so simple... why not? Garry Disher's books go straight to purchase. No sample needed.
My taste runs to caper/thriller/spy BUT I must have good writing, character development, and a some depth. Mr. Disher's books provide everything I could wish for; I have read all his Hal Challis books, and cannot wait for the one coming in 2016. Those books are police procedurals written with humanity, wonderful description of the Australian setting, and suspense. There are a couple of standalone books with another police officer at the helm. I liked the Hal Challis books better.
I discovered the Wyatt books late, which is just as well because all the early Wyatt books were unavailable, at least on Kindle, to which I am now committed. So I read later Wyatt books first (I usually hate to read later books in a series before the first) and enjoyed them so much. Other reviewers here compare Wyatt to classic caper characters... I have not read all the books in which a character similar to Wyatt stars, mainly because some that I HAVE read are too... breezy. Shallow? I just find Mr. Disher's work the opposite of shallow; fun, sometimes, but not too much fun. After all, people get killed...
I was thrilled to see that Amazon is now offering the early Wyatt books on Kindle for a VERY reasonable price. I am savoring Kickback now, and feel so happy to have more to come. I discovered Lee Child late, and read his early Reacher books one right after the other (not on Kindle), and was very satisfied. Sadly, I have pretty much given up on Reacher because the stories have become, well, ridiculous. And the writing seems mailed in, to me. My apologies to Mr. Child, because Reacher is an iconic character, whom I adore... but I recommend trying Mr. Disher's Wyatt or Hal Challis; they too are iconic characters and inhabit terrific books.
5.0 out of 5 stars Parker's cousin from Down Under 9 August 2016
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I had just purchased a paperback first edition Richard Stark at Seattle Mystery Bookshop (for a lot more moola than my wife realized at the time, bless her heart). A helpful sales clerk suggested that if I was a fan of Parker I'd like Garry Disher, and handed me a copy of Port Vila Blues. I paid the man, put PVB on my "to read" stack, and several months went by before I got around to reading it.

I was immediately hooked.

Disher brings Oz to live as a living breathing backdrop to noir as dark as any unfolding in American crime novels. Wyatt, his anti-hero protagonist, will at first evoke a sense of familiarity due to his surface resemblance to Richard Stark's legendary Parker. However Wyatt cuts a much more human silhouette in the course of his perambulations.

In addition, although we were all excited and pleased when Westlake broke Parker's retirement in the decade before his death, Parker's last incarnation was more along the lines of a dinosaur running amok in a new high tech world he was never designed for. Wyatt, without lament, takes realistic note of all the modern trappings that make the life of a professional thief less and less tenable in the 21st century: the omnipresent surveillance cameras, ubiquitous cell phone coverage making it impossible to cut communications at the target, et cetera, et cetera, and so on ad infinitum.

Disher's take on Wyatt has a certain wistfulness as well: an almost sad nostalgia for a time now gone when anything seemed possible for men like Wyatt, if they only cared to reach out their hand and take it. This is crime fiction with depth, cojones, and humanity. I am so pleased Mr Disher made the effort to craft the gem that is the Wyatt series. I have read every book in the series, and will immediately purchase all future volumes upon release.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad guy as hero 29 March 2016
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I'm a police procedural guy, but this was a nice change. Riveting action, appealing anti-hero, totally credible plot twists and turns. I'll be back for more.
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy Disher's sparse writing style 10 February 2016
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I have read a number of Garry Disher novels but this is my first Wyatt. I enjoy Disher's sparse writing style, spot-on dialogue and character development.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best. 22 August 2016
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I got lost, couldn't keep the characters straight. Not a usual problem with Garry Disher.

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