I recently read The Student, by Iain Ryan, which was recommended in one of those newspaper end-of-year roundups. High-paced, hardboiled regional noir says the blurb, and it’s all of that. A campus novel with a difference, involving a student who makes his money dealing drugs for a charismatic friend who ends up dead. Drugs, sex, violence, being chased by bikies…definitely not my kind of thing but it’s horribly well-done. For those who are on the lookout for new Aussie voices in crime – I’m lookin’ at you, Guy – the publisher Echo http://www.echopublishing.com.au is worth a look. There are several new crime writers – Cath Ferla, Emma Viskic, Gary Kemble – who sound pretty interesting.