ABOUT THE BOOK
At 7 am on 16 May 1942, forty-year-old Harvey Malcolm was found in the front seat of his Chevrolet parked outside a young woman’s house in Launceston with a bullet wound in his left temple and a .22 calibre rifle lying across his knees. Was it murder or suicide? Years later John Dale returns to Tasmania to investigate the death of his maternal grandfather. What he finds is a remarkable story. A combination of memoir, biography and true crime, Wild Life is a fascinating Australian story.
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Author of the acclaimed crime expose, Huckstepp, John Dale skillfully turns his pen to an intriguing blend of mystery, travel and memoir. Stunningly imagined, Dale re-creates the life and death of his grandfather.
A great read. Set in Hobart and Launceston Tasmania in the 1940’s. The story also explores the Tasmanian Zoo that was going during the 1940s. Did you know the Zoo had Polar Bears. The story draws out information about the Thylacine, the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger.
The quality of the writing is seamless. The strength of this story rests in the fluency of the writing and the forensic tension Dale maintains in his search for answers … this is an outstanding book.