Penguin Books Australia
Four years ago Eliza Dacey was brutally murdered.
Within hours, her killer was caught.
So reads the opening titles of Jack Quick’s new true-crime documentary.
A skilled producer, Jack knows that the bigger the conspiracy, the higher the ratings. Curtis Wade, convicted of Eliza’s murder on circumstantial evidence and victim of a biased police force, is the perfect subject. Millions of viewers agree.
Just before the finale, Jack uncovers a minor detail that may prove Curtis guilty after all. Convinced it will ruin his show, Jack disposes of the evidence and delivers the finale unedited: proposing that Curtis is innocent.
But when Curtis is released, and a new victim is found bearing horrifying similarities to the original murder, Jack realises that he may have helped a guilty man out of jail. And, as the only one who knows the real evidence of the case, he is the only one who can send him back …
About Benjamin Stevenson (https://www.penguin.com.au/authors/benjamin-stevenson):
Benjamin Stevenson is an award-winning stand-up comedian and author. He has sold out shows from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival all the way to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has appeared on ABCTV, Channel 10, and The Comedy Channel. Off-stage, Benjamin has worked for publishing houses and literary agencies in Australia and the USA. He currently works with some of Australia’s best-loved authors at Curtis Brown Australia. Greenlight is his first novel.
I have just finished reading Greenlight and wanted to know a little bit about the author as I was very impressed with this debut. What a surprise – a comedian? There is no comedy in Greenlight. Works in the publishing industry, I was sure I was going to find but didn’t – works in the film industry, specifically on documentaries, his protagonist Jack has an authentic documentary maker voice. I loved this aspect of the book.
Back to the book – this is a brutal, dark and intriguing crime fiction narrative.
I like how Stevenson has turned the stereotype regarding eating disorders on its head; a sad yet refreshing and honest approach here.
Consequences, guilt, redemption and acceptance are themes that are sited in small town prejudices. Tension, tension, tension. And the ending – no spoilers here. Think you have it worked out? Think again.
A great read.