CRIME CULTURE: Journalist and author Jesse Fink spent two years of his life interviewing and befriending Luis Navia, one of the biggest cocaine traffickers in US history. A journey of redemption followed and an extraordinary untold story from one of the most hostile industries on earth. April Shepherd talked to both for True Crime News Weekly.
In just its third year, the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival has attained a kind of cultural cool cred that many other literature festivals would kill for. Therese Taylor was at the multi-day affair earlier this month for True Crime News Weekly and delivers her verdict on the increasingly popular event.
Inspired by true events, Red Joan is a new historical spy thriller co-starring Judi Dench. Aiming for heft and gravitas, it instead ends up being a serious let-down with racist caricatures taking centre stage alongside some of the most tedious British stiff upper lips seen in a long while, writes Therese Taylor.