It's 1942, and war is raging in Europe and in the Pacific. The Japanese army is on Australia's doorstep, and the small coastal Queensland town of Maryborough is on full war footing. What they are not prepared for is the arrival in the town of a troupe of incompetent actors whose unjustifiably self-confident leader, William Power, is determined to bring his daring production of Titus Andronicus to the barbarians of rural Australia.
Unfortunately for the Power Players, the only gift William Power has is a capacity for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When a young woman goes missing and is found floating dead in the town's water supply, Power becomes the prime suspect in her murder. With every misplaced step he takes, he becomes more and more embroiled in a series of crimes which baffle the police and horrify the locals. Having no confidence in the constabulary, Power decides that his only option is to solve the crimes himself.
His acting skills are not good; his detection skills are worse. As he stumbles towards a solution and as his injuries mount up, he never wavers in his belief that he alone can bring the killer to justice. But, with every day that passes, he tightens the noose around his own neck until, on the night of a violent storm, everything changes. And not for the better.
About the Author
Robert Gott was born in the small Queensland town of Maryborough in 1957, and lives in Melbourne. He has published many books for children, and is also the creator of the newspaper cartoon The Adventures of Naked Man. He is also the author of the William Power trilogy of crime-caper novels set in 1940s Australia: Good Murder, A Thing of Blood, and Amongst the Dead.
Good Murder is 'an absolutely hilarious read ... Gott's stellar accomplishment is his ability to sustain the tragically absurd voice of narrator Will Power ... The results are brilliantly achieved and really really very funny ... The author worked previously as a cartoonist, and that fine mental eye for caricature, humour and social observation shine through in this work that we can only hope is the first of many Will Power's adventures.' - Warren Hately, Fremantle Herald; 'No sooner than our weekend papers have started to pronounce a crisis of Oz Lit than along comes this absolute gem of a debut novel, a comic crime caper of the first order! Gott ... has created a fully realised fictional world here that combines careful plotting with a fine sense of pace to deliver a completely satisfying read - and in William Power a most memorable comic creation! And as a wordsmith and stylist Gott has few equals I suspect ...' -Martin Shaw , Readings Newsletter; 'This is an intriguing, amusing and well-constructed parody whodunit debut.'; Winsor Dobbin, Sun Herald; 'The storyline and characterisation make this a highly original piece of crime fiction ... What I liked most about Good Murder was its language and humour ... the dialogue is funny and pithy.' - Ed Wright, Sydney Morning Herald; 'Elegantly rendered in a kind of high literary pastiche, Good Murder is a brilliant debut.' - Graeme Blundell, Weekend Australian