Publisher: Text Publishing
“A classic, dark Australian crime thriller.”—PS News
“A fast-paced, elaborate tale centered on misplaced ethics, wrongful convictions and multigenerational trauma.”—Big Issue
Jason Ginaff doesn’t get out much. Partly because of the anxiety, mainly because he works at home, researching people on the internet—job candidates doing party drugs on Instagram accounts they thought they’d deleted; the prospective new head of sales stripping for a ladies’ night . . .
He’s been searching for something on his own time, too. Now he’s found it: the phone number of the man he believes to be his father. Which is how he gets mixed up with Rudy Alamein—they’ve been looking for the same man. The difference being, Rudy wants to kill him.
Black Teeth is a witty, dynamic contemporary thriller by an emerging master of the form. It’s both a literary triumph and an irresistible read.
Zane Lovitt’s debut novel, The Midnight Promise, won Australia’s Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, and led to Lovitt being named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of 2013. It received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was recommended by Booklist for fans of international crime fiction. Lovitt’s stories have been featured in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
Review: This is my first Aussie Noir, and, wow, I could not put it down. Told in the first person, for the most part, by millennial computer geek Jason, the prose is rife with slang singular to Australia and Jason’s generation. I found the author’s wonderful writing style enhanced by this–keeping in mind the original Noir authors pioneered the use of 1930s and 1940s slang in their dark stories, so this really worked for me. It’s a story of a weird kind of multigenerational revenge plot that keeps sucking Jason in, pitting him against criminal machinations past and present. I think he wanted to stop what was going to be happen, but can’t be sure—he’s the more honest of the group of morally decrepit folks, but what keeps him involved? A week later the story still resonates with me, and I’ve been recommending it to anyone who will listen. This is like nothing I’ve read before, and I can’t wait to go back and read the author’s first book, and his next.