“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 internetjob 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 Alameinthey’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.
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About the Author
Zane Lovitt was a documentary filmmaker before turning his hand to crime fiction. His debut novel,The Midnight Promise, won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, and led to Zane being named one of the Best Young Novelists of 2013 by the Sydney Morning Herald. Lovitt’s stories have been featured in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Zane Lovitt lives in Melbourne.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Black Teeth is the second novel by Australian documentary filmmaker and award-winning author, Zane Lovitt. Jason Ginaff’s field of expertise is online information. He’s so good at it that he makes a living vetting prospective employees, finding those hidden, supposedly deleted, potentially damaging nuggets that employers need to know about. But when someone doesn’t have an online presence, it’s much more difficult. Jason has had to use his most sophisticated software to track down the ex-cop with the nickname Polygraph, the man he’s fairly certain is his father. But it soon becomes clear that he’s not the only one who’s found this elusive chap, and Rudy Alamein, son of convicted killer Piers Alamein, has reasons that are much less benign. From the first pages it becomes apparent that Lovitt has filled his thriller with deliciously black humour. His descriptive prose is highly evocative, easily establishing the feel of a Melbourne winter, a dusty dilapidated home, a run-down hospice, an ageing bachelor’s house, an unappealing lunch:”...I lower my eyes, face to face with the dry white bread and wet lettuce and canned ham that smells like play-doh. The least appetising meal I’ve seen in a while, and I’m a mid-twenties male who lives alone”. His plot is clever and original, moves along at a decent clip, and has enough clues, twists and red herrings to keep the reader engrossed. His protagonist is multi-faceted and extremely resourceful when creating his diverse personas; many of the other characters are also not quite what they seem, at first, to be. The motive, if not the identity of the murderer, will be a surprise for even the most astute reader. This page-turner manages to include missing pets, insurance policies, tattoos of black teeth, tripwires, a hidden, hand-written confession, an old green Volvo, a glass vase from Ikea, a fatal heart condition and some antique furniture. A sharp, darkly funny novel that will have readers seeking out more from this talented author.