One Minute Book Review – El Dorado by Dorothy Porter


This is a crime thriller told in verse by notable Australian poet Dorothy Porter (1954-2008).  El Dorado is a child killer, marking the foreheads of his victims with a gold thumbprint. The spare compelling verse, not a word out of place, follows both the professional and personal struggles of Melbourne detective Bill Buchanan and his friend Cath as they hunt for the murderer. Each poem stands alone with an intense denouement. The language is rich in Australian references and literary allusions yet it is a very quick read that deserves an almost immediate re-read.

A more detailed review can be found here.

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