In his latest book, Minotaur, Peter Goldsworthy sets himself something of a challenge when he makes his compelling protagonist, the congenial but complicated cop, Sergeant Rick Zadow, blind, reliant on dog Scout and the virtual Siri to get around the streets of Adelaide. He rises to it admirably. On the surface a witty and highly entertaining thriller, the violent, embittered “Zads” also offers a fascinating character study, and, using his blindness, especially to his own failings, as a recurring metaphor, an examination of the murky depths of the human psyche.
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Peter Goldsworthy divides his working time between medicine and writing. His novels have sold over 400,000 copies in Australia alone, and his writing has been shortlisted and won major literary awards across a range of genres: poetry, short story, novels, theatre, and opera libretti. His most recent book is Minotaur.
Peter Rose is the author of six collections of poetry and the family memoir Rose Boys. He is Editor of Australian Book Review.