I understand there will be at least a couple more 'new faces' released onto the market in 2010, so it's fantastic to see that, slowly but surely, locally-written crime and thrillers are getting more attention from readers, the media, and publishers.
And now, Palmerston North Boys' High physics teacher Ken Benn has joined the Kiwi crime ranks, with the recent launch of his debut novel, LETHAL DELIVERIES (which is intended to be the first in a trilogy). The publisher's blurb states: "Rochelle has her hopes set on one day playing in the National Women's Inline Hockey team. Her goal seems to slip from her reach as she gets sucked into her brother, Jack's world of gangs and drug dealing. But is the gang life what Rochelle's brother really wants or is it a choice his father has made for him? Rochelle finds herself in a dangerous world supported by the most unlikely companions and soon learns there's a price to be paid for these friendships – an ultimate price."
You can read more about Benn, the book (which seems to be 'young adult' crime fiction), and the interesting backstory - including Benn 'sleeping rough' and hanging with local criminals for research, in a nice article in the Manawatu Standard here.