Building Community23 May 2019

Fremantle Press Book of the Month: “Heaven Sent” by Alan Carter

Armelle Davies is the recipient of the inaugural Minderoo Foundation Editorship at Fremantle Press, a WA publishing house who support and champion uniquely Australian stories. Armelle recommends and reviews a book for Minderoo Foundation every month.

“Heaven Sent” by Alan Carter. Photo Credit: Fremantle Press.

Detective Sergeant Philip ‘Cato’ Kwong is light on sleep but high on happiness with his new wife Sharon Wang and their baby girl. But contentment is not compatible with life in the Job, and soon a series of murders of Fremantle’s homeless people gets in the way of Cato’s newfound bliss. As New Wave journalist Norman Lip flirts online with the killer, it becomes apparent that these murders are personal – every death is bringing the killer one step closer to Cato.

Alan Carter is a crime author and sometime television documentary director. His Cato Kwong series – Prime CutGetting Warmer and Bad Seed – has been published in the UK, France, Germany and Spain. In 2011 he won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction and in 2018 he won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. Alan was born in Sunderland, UK and immigrated to Australia in 1991. These days he divides his time between his house near the beach in Fremantle and a hobby farm in New Zealand. 

Review of “Heaven Sent” by Armelle Davies

This is Alan Carter’s fifth book with Fremantle Press, following the success of “Marlborough Man”, which last year won the Ngaio Marsh Award. In “Heaven Sent”, DS Cato Kwong returns and is hot on the trail of a killer who’s targeting Fremantle’s homeless population. I’m a Fremantle local, and it was very strange to read a crime novel set in my home town, but it was also quite rewarding as I could easily visualise every scene. While Carter’s novels are always pacy and enjoyable reads with good twists, they also have something to say about our society, as good crime fiction should. “Heaven Sent” reminds us that, despite the great wealth of a state like Western Australia, there are many who get left behind through no fault of their own, and though homelessness is a problem that’s hard to face, it’s not one we can ignore.

Read more about Heaven Sent here.

Megan Wallis
by Megan Wallis
Megan has been the Partnerships Co-Ordinator in the Building Community portfolio since August 2018. Her role encompasses Arts and Culture, Community and Environment, Early Childhood and the Forrest Research Foundation. Megan has a Commerce Degree in Tourism Management and previously worked in the tourism sector.
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