Staff review by Chris Saliba
Tony Martin's debut novel proves to be the perfect tonic for our anxious times.
All hell has broken loose in unassuming, suburban Dunlop Crescent.
A family of radical Muslims have moved in. God knows what they're up to.
Rumour has it that the Tamaki family are planning on turning their
house on its axis so it faces Mecca. Local gossip Coral Stooles
is spreading rumours and misinformation through the suburban streets
as fast as her legs will carry her. Suspicions are being further
stoked by the campy shock-jock Julian Spence. His inflammatory
talk-back show continually refers to Dunlop Crescent as Terror
But there is a problem. A big one. The Tamakis are not Muslims at
all. They're rather quiet and unassuming Maoris. No one bothers to find
out the facts of the matter and before long hysteria has taken over. The Tamakis' house is burnt to
the ground. But who did it? Local resident and grumpy old man Gordon
Berenger tries to find out. In the process he finds himself at the centre of a bomb plot involving
some completely bonkers neo-Nazis.
Tony Martin's debut novel is a hair raising and hilarious ride
through humdrum suburban Australia. It's an Australia that will be
familiar to all, reflecting the nation's often misplaced anxieties
One of the great joys of the novel is its broad cast of
characters, with all the usual suspects: nut jobs, curtain twitchers,
rat bags, serial letter writers and opportunistic shock-jocks. And
the occasional normal person.
Deadly Kerfuffle has a laugh on every page, it pokes fun at our weaknesses and vulnerabilities, while
also being a celebration of Australian life.
Deadly Kerfuffle, by Tony Martin. Published by Affirm Press. ISBN: 9781925584448 RRP: $29.99
Release date 31st October
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