In his latest novel Bleed for me, Michael Robotham takes contemporary issues and weaves them into a tale of intrigue and suspense which leaves the reader to ponder some interesting questions about the repercussive effects of choices people make and how this can alter the course of a life.
This is ‘intelligent’ crime-writing at it’s best, where all is most definitely not as it seems and the reader is forced to examine their own values and judgements about what really constitutes a crime?
Sounds heavy? Well it’s not – not by a long shot. The main character of Joe O’Loughlin is someone I’d really like to meet, the kind of person you’d like to sit next to at a dinner party, who you know would keep you interested all evening.
Unlike so many of the lead characters in crime novels, Joe isn’t a burnt-out cop or a lone ranger type of guy. He is a family man, who because of circumstances beyond his control, finds himself in the middle of investigations where his more intuitive methods of uncovering evidence often leads him into trouble with the police who obviously need to follow procedure in order to get their results.
All of the characters that Michael Robotham has created across his series of novels are multi-dimensional and multi-layered, which is one of the reasons that they are such a good read.
It’s interesting to wonder how much the people that he met during his career as an investigative journalist and as a celebrity ghost writer influenced the development of his characters as they ring so true to life, but they are often so morally ambiguous it’s kind of an uncomfortable thought that maybe they are based on real people.
Bleed for me is the feature title for ABC Coast FM’s new Book Club and Michael Robotham is one of the guest authors appearing at Gold Coast Libraries Literati event next month.