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  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (13 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349106452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349106458
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pulls off that most difficult feat of being hilariously funny and frightening at the same time (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

Fluent and entertaining ... a highly accomplished debut... there is an art to telling shaggy-dog stories well, with the right balance of lightness and suspense, and Kennedy shows himself a master of it. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

His story-telling is so deft, and the build-up so detailed and convincing, that the denouement proves to be heart-thumpingly effective (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

A comic triumph (TIME OUT)

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*An hilarious thriller about a holiday romance gone wrong.

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Every book I've read written by Douglas Kennedy (The Job, The Big Picture and this one) has been a can't put down experience -this bloke knows how to grab you quickly and keep you engaged throughout the story!
In this one an American ventures to Australia looking for adventure, and gets a whole lot more than bargained for. A bit more surrealistic than his other novels, but equally as entertaining.
My only complaint is that I read this in a day, and was left wanting more. If you're travelling this is the ideal book, a captivating quick read that never fails to entertain.
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By Amanda TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Jun. 2011
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This is Douglas Kennedy's debut novel and is such an entertaining read. Nick is an American journalist going through a midlife crisis who decides to try his luck in Australia where he gets much more than he bargained for. One minute you are laughing and the next you are quite terrified by what Nick has let himself in for.
This is so well written, engages you from the start.
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Yet another Douglas Kennedy story which captured my imagination from page one, scared me and thrilled me and left me wanting more. His books are truly the good read which everybody is looking for. His style is easy going and the stories just roll along, teasing and tempting you to read all the way to the end in one sitting.
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By A Customer on 14 April 2000
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Nick begins his journey like a good comic albeit an out of work journalist scattering cutting one liners to all and the sun dryed. It is not long before we arrive at a comic fairground of a location to allow Kennedy full reign to his cracking wit. What makes this book so absorbing is this blend of of comedy and horror. He turns the scene to a horrific nightmare dense with a murdered innocence in heat and light. The slaughterhouse, the coagulating blood drying on the rotten flesh of butchered kangaroos destined for the towns processing plant , the towns industry. Welcome to hell with a coma enticing soundtrack for company. Welcome to where your wife beats you and pulls out entrails in her spare time, welcome to where the waste is processed on your back door. Welcome to sellafield ? no, Welcome to Wallanup.
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This was not what I expected from Douglas Kennedy (after reading his most recent books), the writing style was different, the moral dilemmas and heartbreak were not pulsating through the pages, but the characters were great, the book well-written (I finished it in one sitting), the humour black and even the love story was present (dare I say it there was even a love triangle!). The mid-life crisis was also present - this I find almost a signature move of Mr Kennedy.

All in all, I was impressed as this is Douglas Kennedy's fictional debut (he wrote books on travelling prior to this one). Entertaining and exacting and gripping and thought-provoking, with great descriptions of Australian outback (I literally could feel the sweat dripping down my back, such vivid were descriptions of Australian summer heat!).

What also strikes me as a brave and mature move is the no-nonsense approach by Kennedy to the storytelling - he is even prepared to kill a couple of characters (avoiding that fairy-tale ending). Respect for that.

Recommended (even though it's not your typical Kennedy of heartbreaking love stories)!
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By Zoe on 23 Feb. 2015
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A brilliant (yet quick) read! This was genuinely really exciting and I am *ALWAYS* impressed with the way Douglas Kennedy writes - this was no exception. I would have loved for this whole story to have been double the length as I really enjoyed the plot and would have been interested to hear more about life in the 'commune'. Brilliant, Brilliant! Genuine tension and suspense at the end and an ending that left you relieved but still letting those goosebumps creep in!
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Thank goodness it was a short book because the silly story began to annoy rather than amuse after a while. The book started reasonably well and then the girl's family in the outback were too silly to be credible and I had to force myself to finish the book. Do not be put off Douglas Kennedy if this is the first of his books you have read it will probably be the last. I loved The moment and The Girl in the Fifth and can recommend most of his other books too.
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I really didn't enjoy The Dead Heart as much as all the other DK books I've ever read. I love his stories!! While I don't think this was a bad book, I wasn't left thinking "wow, that was cool", like all the other books of his I've read (and re-read time and time again, in some cases). Something seems to be missing from this, or maybe its just a case of there being a kind of overload of the awfulness of those deranged Wollanup people. Kennedy has great insight into the human psyche, and his books definitely are hard to put down, but as good as the writing was in making me hate certain characters, I actually got a bit bored, and I found myself skipping tracts of this one, to get to the end of it, and it wasn't because I was so excited to read the ending. I think I was more just wanting to feel some relief, and find out sooner rather than later that the poor sod got away in the end. What was telling for me is that as soon as I'd finished the book I literally forgot about it. It didn't make the same kind of impression on me that his other ones have.
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