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ISBN: 9781921888519
Dimensions: B Format: 19.8x12.8cm
Pages: 320
Publication year: 2011
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Prime Cut

Written by Alan Carter

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Shortlisted for a 2010 Debut Dagger Award, Prime Cut is what crime reviewer Graeme Blundell calls a classily written story with ‘mordant wit and a fine sense of place’.

Meet Cato Kwong – disgraced cop and ex-poster boy for the police force. Banished to the stock squad after the fallout from a police frame-up, Cato is brought in from the cold to solve the case of a torso washed up on the wild shores of the Great Southern Ocean. But Cato faces powerful opposition when his investigation lifts the lid on the exploitation of migrant workers and disturbs an even darker criminal mind.


‘Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new entrant into the higher echelons of Australian crime fiction writing.’ Sun Herald

‘Alan Carter takes us into the dark underside of the mining boom in an atmospheric and sharply written thriller.’ Saturday Age

‘… an excellent read – let’s hope we get to see more of Carter’s hero, DSC Cato Kwong.’ West Australian

‘… it’s a confident, witty, entertaining and gritty tale with an interesting, multicultural cast.’ Sunday Times

‘A gripping read. So real I had to wipe the blood off my fingertips.’ Dave Warner

‘… prime tale.’ Herald Sun

‘[The characters] all speak with that authentic voice which you only find in the best crime novels.’ Courier-Mail

‘… this debut captures the desolate coastal essence with just a touch of the Wintons.’ Qantas The Australian Way

‘… a very strong and enjoyable read. As with all good crime fiction there are many layers to this story, genuine “aha” moments and a very strong cast of main and supporting characters. Four stars.’ Books+Publishing

Prime Cut is a first novel for Alan Carter and it is riveting reading.’ The Examiner

‘A deadly debut, ambitious and multi-layered. A promising start to a new career.’ Allan Guthrie

‘The only disappointment is the end because you want to go on being part of these people’s lives.’ Adelaide Advertiser

‘… a gritty and engrossing look at crime and racism in a small Western Australian town … a promising new talent in the field of Australian crime fiction.’ Australian Book Review

‘Plenty of dismembered corpses and a dark sense of humour set the scene for an enjoyable debut.’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘… a terrific debut novel.’ CrimeSpace

‘… what I really enjoyed about Prime Cut is the novel’s sense of humour – the way Carter has balanced the grisly reality of the crimes and the attendant commentary on mining development and migrant labour with the genuinely comic and witty self-deprecations of the characters …’ Crime Factory 7


Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction (Winner 2011)
UK Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award (Shortlisted 2011)

Pages: 320
Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Alan Carter

Alan Carter was born in Sunderland, United Kingdom. He immigrated to Australia in 1991 and now lives just south of Hobart. He sometimes works as a television documentary director. In his spare time, he plunges into the icy Tasmanian waters for fun. He is the author of five Cato Kwong novels – Prime Cut, Getting […]

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