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by Robert Drewe

"Robert Drew has written a moving and unpretentious memoir of a precocious youth, a bittersweet tribute to youth's optimism."—Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Review of Books A "spiced and savory memoir" (The New York Times) of the dark life hidden in a sunny seaside Australian community.Written with the same lyrical intensity and spellbinding prose that has won Robert Drewe's fiction international acclaim, The Shark Net is set in a city haunted by the menace of an elusive serial killer. Drewe's middle class youth in the seaside suburbs of Perth, Australia—often described as the most isolated city in the world—takes a sinister turn when a social outcast (who turns out to be an employee of Drewe's father) embarks on a five-year murder spree. This unusual memoir brilliantly evokes the confluence of adolescent innocence and sexual awakening, while a killer who eventually murders eight people—including several of Drewe's friends—lurks in the shadows.
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ISBN: 0141001968
ISBN13: 978-0141001968
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Ethnic & National
Author: Robert Drewe
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books; Reissue edition (July 1, 2001)
Pages: 288 pages
ePUB size: 1428 kb
FB2 size: 1803 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 229
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A beautifully written meander through childhood memories alongside a montage of Perth and its happenings of the time.
Read it straight through one wet and cold Saturday. Couldn't put it down. And all based on fact. I read a lot in conjunction with a book reading group. So will suggest it as my choice for next year.
Have moved on and am now reading Drew's "The Drowner."
I love the way Robert Drewe writes. It's the story you lose yourself in, not his style - nothing flowery or showy or distracting. Which is what makes his writing so clever. All his writing is like this. Robert Drewe is my favourite Australian author.
This was very evocative of a time and a place. I liked the writing but I felt that it could have nearly been two books - one about the author's childhood and a second about the murders.
tells how it felt to live through the murders everyone tells you about when you move to Perth and relates what Perth was like then
The subtitle of this book is "Memories and Murder", but in fact it is mostly memories. Robert Drewe tells the story of his coming of age in Perth, West Australia, which is usually depicted as a far-away lonely place, but when it is the place where you grew up, it is just defined as home. Most of the book, I would say 80%, is his own family story, full of humor and pathos as they all are. What separates this memoir from the rest is the story of the all-too-real serial killer.

I really liked the immediacy of this book, and it sort of reminded me of Stephen King's short story The Body (filmed as Stand By Me), probably because of the 1950s small town setting of both books and the boys who were both interested in and afraid of a killer in their midst.

There are a lot of fascinating, true stories in Australia; I have discovered a lot of them in my quest for good reading and continue to look for more.
Уou ll never walk alone
I picked this up expecting an interesting true crime work, not realizing that the vast majority of the book is a pretty straightforward memoir of growing up in Australia in the '50s and '60s. The book starts very confusingly, with the author observing the court proceedings of a murder

trial, only to flash back to his early youth. Drewe was a young child when his father was assigned to the remote Western Australian city of Perth to be a branch manager for the Dunlop rubber company. The first half of the book is about his childhood, and as far as memoirs go, it's well done. I'm not a big fan of the genre, but Drewe is nicely selective in recounting his dysfunctional home life and is very adept at retelling the awkwardness of his first crush. his childhood is not that dissimilar from that of upper middle-class American kid of the same era. His father is more or less a company drone, and Dunlop business pervades every aspect of his personality and the family life. His mother is overprotective and retreats into religion with sometimes eerie intensity. Both parents were emotionally distant and unexpressive.

The raison d'etre for the book is that in the years Drewe moved from childhood to being an adult, a serial killer was stalking the suburbs near his home and Drewe's life intersected with the case in many ways. His father was friends with a policeman who would come over to their house and discussed the case behind closed doors. One of the murders is committed with a friend's garden axe. There's a peeping tom on the loose who may or may not be connected to the killings who late one night scares Drewe's mother by prowling out back. More ominously, one of the last victims is of one of Drewe's friends. But the coup de grace is that the killer turns out to be someone known to the family, someone Drewe even spoke to as a child. While the murders form a dark backdrop to his childhood, they are never dwelt on in any great depth, nor is Drewe particularly interested in recounting the case. That said, there are a few sections where he writes from within the killer, imagining his life. On the whole though, until the very end it's pretty thin about why someone would be killing random people on and off with knives, axes, guns, and even hit and run. It's a curious mix of a book, a very well-written memoir with slices of darkness sprinkled in.