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Flank Street (The Sydney Quartet Book 1) by [Sendall, A.J.]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in The Sydney Quartet (4 Book Series)

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About the Author

I've always written, as far back as I can recall anyway. Until 2011, that writing was just for me, or as rambling letters to friends, and travelogues to family. I never thought about why, or if others did similarly, and the thought of publishing never entered my head. Since I left England in 1979, I've travelled widely, collecting experiences, people, and places as I did so. From the blood-soaked streets of Kampala, the polluted dust bowls of the Sahara, or the pristine ice floes of the Antarctic, I've gathered and filed them away. Some have recently squeezed through the bars of insecurity and are now at large in the pages of my first three novels. Others await their future fates. Although I grew up in Norfolk, UK, I never felt truly at home until I lived in Australia, and that is no doubt the reason my first published novels are set there. All of my books this far have some element of fact in them. I guess it's hard for any writer not to include events from their life. Our experiences shape our thoughts and the words and actions of our characters. I sometimes wish I'd become a novelist earlier in life, but then if I had, I wouldn't have the range of characters and events that I do. After spending much of my adult life travelling, I now live in a remote forest house in Germany with two Mexican dogs, an Icelandic horse, six French hens, and a mermaid who I found at a beach on the north coast of Bequia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4156 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Next Chapter Press; 1 edition (15 May 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TN37XYG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #326,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love Sydney and visited in the 90s and in the early 2000s. With it being set in the Kings Cross area mainly was another plus. I remember when I first visited and stayed at a hotel adjacent to the Anzac fountain ( now apartments with a good restaurant/bar underneath).The Cross was vibrant and alive. When revisited it was still magical but not as alive. When reading the book I felt that I was there. Brilliant writing. Not keen on many of the characters ( only Megan and Carol ) but that didn't matter. Like other reviewers I felt that the epilogue was wrong. Without spoiling it I can't say why but other than that a great book. Even if you haven't been to Oz read it. Now onto the next in the quartet. After these I will certainly look for more from the author, but why oh why is he living in Germany when he's experienced Sydney?!!
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I really enjoyed Heather by Sendall, so decided to read Flank Street as well. The story sees Micky become embroiled in the Sydney underworld by firstly upsetting the locals and then accepting a few jobs to correct his mistakes. I enjoyed the story and Sendall weaves a good plot and his knowledge of Sydney and sailing is obvious. I will recommend this book to those who like an easy read thriller; however there is a twist at the end and quite honestly I wished I had not read the epilogue, for me it ruined the whole book and I felt it was a better book without it.
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A very interesting story.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great writer, great crime novel that falls apart towards the end 19 Mar. 2016
By T. Sezen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great writer, his language is stark, precise and vivid. I loved the setting having visited Sydney twice and spent months there recently. It is a different time span (1990's) from my visits. So I did not notice any "underworld" in my visits. I loved the story, the characters. What ruined it for me was the final chapters and the epilogue, which did not make any sense and opened so many big holes in the plot so I subtracted one star from my rating. Overall it is a great crime novel that falls apart towards the end and the epilogue that does not make any sense.
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4.0 out of 5 stars AJ Sendall is hitting his stride! 9 Jun. 2015
By Mik Hetu, Author - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book! Most importantly, I wanted to find out what happens, and without that, a story is nothing. I liked the “flawed hero”, and also AJ Sendall did a fine job of developing the character Carol, adding layer upon layer of human personality. I could relate to the characters and much milder forms of the events, all of it a subtly dealt exaggeration of common lives. This is a professional quality book. AJ Sendall is hitting his stride!
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turning keepyouplate read 21 Aug. 2015
By Denise Shell - Published on Amazon.com
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Well researched fast moving and edgy. The story line kept me wondering and interested. Await the arrival of no.3 with interest. Keep them coming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Down, Under and Out 22 July 2015
By AvidReader - Published on Amazon.com
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This engrossing story of the Sydney underworld is based in Kings Cross in the early nineties, home to prostitutes, gambling, drugs, and violence, run by a crime boss who is determined to hold onto his lucrative patch.

British Micky turns up on his boat in Sydney, looking for criminal opportunities to make money and he heads for The Cross. The book charts his highs and lows; he goes from having hundreds of thousands of dollars and blowing them on gambling, women, and alcohol, to living on the street.

He's a complex character with an indeterminate past, all we know is he's been around a bit, but we learn this isn't his first encounter with crime.

It's very much a crime noir novel, in terms of style, characters and dialogue, and with the protagonist playing the anti-hero for the most part, yet, he appears to have some scruples. The writing is terse, simple, and in the first person. We see the world through Micky's eyes and his alone. And, we come to know the women he meets, or we know them as much as he does. With everyone, there is always a question about who they truly are. The story focuses on how people establish relationships when no one can really trust anyone.

Sendall keeps the mystery and intrigue going throughout the book, with an amazing epilogue.

He also uses the prologue in an interesting way, in that he starts with the ending of the story to introduce how he arrived at his current position in Sydney. I liked the originality with the way he has used traditional novel construction for his own ends. Somewhat like his main character uses everyone, and who is after all, the narrator. Rather than chapter numbers, Sellars uses clever and appropriate titles for each chapter too.

This book is a page-turner for anyone who likes noir thrillers/mysteries/ I received this book free of charge from the author in return for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flank Street is a compelling read for fans of hard-boiled crime fiction 31 July 2015
By Awesome Indies Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
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Grifter Micky deWitt sails into Sydney. It’s the 1990s and all we know about him is that he knows how to handle a gun and has had to keep moving. From Hamburg to London, to Boston and Antigua, every time Micky ties up his boat in a new country, he lands himself in a heap of trouble. Is he merely moving on, or is he running away, even Micky doesn’t really know.

So why would Australia be any different? He becomes a ‘burglar, barhop and arsonist’ in King’s Cross, Sydney’s red light district, where tourists, locals, gangsters and sex workers go about their daily business.

Written in the first person, Micky’s observes the dysfunctional world around him with suspicion. And he’s right. You can’t trust anyone who inhabits Sydney’s underbelly, least of all Micky. In Micky, the author has created a most unreliable narrator. And even though this reader didn’t particularly like him, the characterisation is utterly convincing, as is the depiction of King’s Cross at the time (pre-Olympics and before the high earning corporates moved in.)

When Micky needs to escape the grimy inner city, he jumps on board his boat Nina, raising the mainsail, sailing from the relative calm of Pittwater out to the open sea at North Head. Rich in detail, Flank Street is so skillfully written, that it hooked this reader, despite lacking a subplot that might have allowed the writer to vary the pace. We never do find out what was Micky’s back story as the writer withholds this information from us, but that just adds, rather than detracts from the mystery.

Micky’s casual sexism may annoy, but it isn’t out of place in this story or genre, particularly given the setting and the era. And Micky’s characterisation is sufficiently complex for this reader to overcome any negative aspects of the world he inhabits.

The two female characters, worldly-wise Carol and the sweet and vulnerable Meagan, come across as fully realised, three-dimensional characters. When Micky first meets Carol he makes assumptions about her based on the way she presents herself to the world. But as he gets to know her, he (and we) find out that she has depth and intelligence that are not immediately revealed. The dialogue is short, sharp and terse, with just the right amount of street talk to make Flank Street a compelling read for fans of hard-boiled crime fiction. Five stars.
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