Why is it that Adelaide - a beautiful city of churches and lush gardens, a place renowned for its support of the arts and culture - has become better known as the epicentre of some of Australia's weirdest and most brutal crimes? One of its denizens seeks the answers in this fascinating investigation.
Some crimes are so mysterious or ghastly that they take on a legendary status, and Adelaide seems to have had more than its fair share of them. The whole nation remembers the disappearance of the Beaumont children, the ghastly Snowtown murders where the dismembered bodies were found in barrels in a disused bank vault, and the so called Family murders perpetrated by Bevan Spencer van Einem, with its trail of conspiracy theories, rumour and innuendo, and other crimes just as notorious. Award winning novelist and journalist, Stephen Orr, rounds up the infamous crimes of his native city and looks beyond the myth to the tragic sadness, badness and madness of violent crime and its consequences. Why Adelaide? Read Cruel City and find out.
Stephen Orr is best known as a literary novelist. A+U published his first novel, Attempts to Draw Jesus. He is a regular contributor to the Adelaide Review. This is his first attempt at commercial non-fiction, he brings the eye of a practised novelist, and a style that will reach out to a wide book readership.