Monday, November 23, 2009

Reminder: Launch of Vanda Symon's CONTAINMENT

Further to my post of 6 November, just a reminder that Kiwi crime writer Vanda Symon's third Sam Shephard book, CONTAINMENT, will be launched tomorrow night in Dunedin.

In CONTAINMENT, Sam is training as a detective at Dunedin Central when she’s assigned to investigate what seems to be a routine diving accident off the Otago coast. But the forensics reveal that the man didn’t die from drowning; and that the body was stuffed in its wetsuit after death. Perhaps there is a connection with another case Sam is involved with – citizens of Dunedin pillaging the wreckage of a container ship at the entrance to Otago Harbour?

Those who are readers of Australian books magazine Good Reading can peruse my feature article "The Stroppy Crime Fighter" on Vanda and her sassy heroine Sam Shephard in the November issue, see here.

The official information re: the book launch :
Penguin NZ and the University Book Shop invite you to the launch of -
CONTAINMENT by Vanda Symon
Tuesday 24 November 2009
University Book Shop
378 Great King StreetDunedin
RSVP to Vanda Symon on or
Tel: (03) 453 5371

Hopefully plenty of people in the southern part of New Zealand will head along, and help support some great local crime writing! For those of us not in Dunedin, hopefully Vanda will be doing some other events elsewhere sometime soon too. In the meantime, I recommend any crime fiction fans who like well-written stories with interesting and sassy protagonists, to go out and get themselves a copy of CONTAINMENT.


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  2. Hi Craig,

    The book launch was great, a fun night out and it celebrated Containment being unleashed upon the public with style. The University Book Shop always do a great job.

    I was delighted to have fellow Dunedin crime writers Paddy Richardson and Liam McIlvanney there to celebrate the occasion with me.