"Witty, wryly humorous and fast-paced, "The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender" is a thriller with a twist which brilliantly evokes the sleaze below the surface of the city's glittering façade". Is this what the novel is about?
Marele Day's novel, "The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender" explores a large scope of issues related to crime and mystery writing. The use of simple language, symbolism, clever wit and a certain sense of satirical
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issues that most writers would not dare to delve into. She is able to communicate her pro-feminist views through producing Claudia Valentine as a woman who seems realistic yet powerful enough to conquer certain stereotypical injustices within society. In, "The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender" Day also manages to pragmatically approach the topic of organized crime within Sydney and unmasks the brutal reality that lies beneath the "surface of the city's glittering façade".