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Poetic Licence by Kevin Price
Poetic Licence by Kevin Price

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Poetic Licence by Kevin Price

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ISBN: 9780994211552

An explosive political thriller novel pitching people-smuggling, corruption and murder against the boundaries of truth and freedom.

In a meticulously crafted, spellbinding and suspenseful plot, academic and spy Art Lazaar is feeling the chill of a different evil crawling around his belly when called to protect a young asylum seeker running from those who murdered her brother. It’s not a request he can refuse.

Art Lazaar's poetic licence secretly puts him in service to a mysterious government agency. As a result he is assigned to doubling as an academic, but it also ties him to a past he can't escape.

Consequently, when a figure from that same past calls him, he must act. First, to protect a young asylum seeker running from those who murdered her brother. And secondly, to find the murderers. It's not a call he can refuse.

The call as much as guarantees Lazaar stumbles into a murky world of corruption. It leads to threats of arrest, kidnap and torture. As a result, he is left for dead. The situation grows ever more dire as suspects disappear, die, or leave the country in the nick of time. In the end, his choices come down to the only weapon in his arsenal ...

Poetic Licence dives headlong into a world of political and institutional corruption, exposing the vast gulf between the words and deeds of the powerful, between the lives of the haves and have-nots, and the casual mistreatment of asylum seekers. Written in terse, propulsive prose, Poetic Licence is a clever thriller that won't disappoint. David Whish-Wilson.


A vividly-realised Fremantle is the apt setting for this zeitgeisty thriller. Hunter is an original and kick-ass protagonist. Alan Carter.

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'... ​​a block of shadow pushing against a diffusing moonlight, the golden halo spreading out into the vineyards from its sides draining into the night like blood on a carpet'


Author Kevin Price on his property in the hills north of Perth.

Kevin Price is a West Australian author who lives in the hills north of Perth. Poetic Licence is his second novel.


"A truly gripping read" WritingWA

"An engrossing and compelling crime thriller that raises some serious issues" Murder Mayhem and Long Dogs

"Fast-paced thriller" The West Australian

"A real thriller that doesn’t disappoint" Fremantle Shipping News

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ISBN-13: 9780994211552
ISBN-10: 0994211554
Size: 234 mm x 165 mm x 17.25 mm 
Weight: 349.72 gr
Pages: 264
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Logorythm
Imprint: Crotchet Quaver
Publication Date: 2022-05-15
City of Publication: Bullsbrook AU
Readership: General/trade
  • BISAC: FIC031060-FICTION / Thrillers / Political 
  • BIC: FHP-Political / legal thriller
  • Thema: FHP-Political / legal thriller 
Keywords: australian federal election, boundaries of truth and freedom, contemporary crime thriller, Fremantle, Perth, political corruption, institutional corruption, murder, police procedural
Carton Qty: 26

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