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The Book Review

Huckstepp A true crime classic, Huckstepp investigates the murder of the charismatic young woman who has fascinated Australians since she first appeared on national television to accuse NSW detectives of shooting her boyfriend in cold blood.

Throughout her short life, Sallie-Anne Huckstepp lived a dangerous existence. This is a true story, brilliantly told, of someone who was gutsy and determined – and who paid the ultimate price for speaking out against corruption and murder.

In 2014, Xoum is proud to rerelease a new edition of this seminal work.

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"The Australian"

'A significant, original work that challenges as much as it reveals.'

"The Age"

'Dale nails the treachery, corruption and decadence of a part of Sydney society that traces its origins to the Rum Corps.'

"The Australian"

'A brilliantly constructed record of one of Kings Cross’ most infamous characters. A great city story.'


'A fine and disciplined piece of writing.'

"The Northern Star"

'As gripping as a thriller.'

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'An authentic voice telling a compelling story for our times' Peter Corris

Huckstepp by John Dale

'Brimming with energy and good humour as it shows us so much of Australian society as it is and soon will be. Peter Pierce' The Sydney Morning Herald


Wildlife by John Dale

'Part true crime, part memoir and part fiction, this is an outstanding book … the quality of the writing is seamless.' The Sydney Morning Herald

The Dogs are barking by John Dale

'Dale's credentials as one of the best latter-day hard-boiled writers are further enhanced by this tough and pungent thriller.' Crime Time

Dark Angels by John Dale

Winner, Ned Kelly award for Best First Crime Novel
'A mightily impressive debut. A vibrant thriller in the guise of a quest for redemption, Dale's novel is incandescent.' Time Out
'Great energy, dynamic storytelling… intense entertainment.'

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About the Author


John Dale is the author of six books including the best-selling Huckstepp and Dark Angel which won a Ned Kelly Award. His other books are The Dogs are Barking, a novel about police corruption in Sydney, and a memoir, Wild Life.


He has edited two collections of short fiction, Out West, Car Lovers, and co-edited a third, Best on Ground.

His novel, Leaving Suzie Pye, was published in 2010 and translated into Turkish. His novella Plenty was published in 2013 and he is currently researching a novel based on an unsolved Sydney murder.