The Old School is a detective story set in Sydney in the 1990’s against a background of a corruption inquiry into the police force. The main character is a young half Vietnamese female detective, Nhu, which gives PM Newton a lot of material to work with. There are real names in the action such as Neddy Smith and Roger Rogerson, and there is a great feel for time and place. Nhu, nicknamed Ned, has a complicated homelife, and when she was a child, both her parents were murdered. That unsolved case comes up in a new investigation when two bodies are discovered during excavation works on a building site.
The characters are believable and a good story is told. I look forward to more books from PM Newton in the future. Heather. Paperback $32.95
Since I wrote this review, The Old School has been shortlisted in the debut novel section of the 2010 Indie Award. This is very exciting news for a new author, and we wish PM the best of luck.