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"Sure thirty years is a long time. Sure the case was closed. Well, never really a case as such. Fifteen-year-old brown girl tops herself, who cares? Turn the page. That bloody notebook, thought Club. God knows what was in it. Who knew that little bitch could even write?"

Ruby Palmer has been dealt a rough hand. She was left in a kete at the back door of the Porohiwi Home fo
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Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 18th 2019 by The Cuba Press (first published 2019)
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Karen
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The author of THE WILD CARD, Renee, is a much loved and prolific writer of novels, memoir, poetry and plays in her native New Zealand. She won the NZ Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in 2018, following which she wrote this, her first crime novel, at the age of 90.

Tagged by the author as "cosy noir", it comes as no surprise that Renee would have set her first crime novel partially in the world of theatre, given her experience of that environment, and the rest of the premise is str
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Kathleen Dixon
People chat about books and you add one or two (or three) to your to-read list. Or you look at a recommendation and follow that to another book and to another book, and before you know it you've added another several to that to-read list. The odds are then that you don't read them until a number of years have passed because the list is actually so long that you're going to be dead before you get to the end of it, and people will keep on writing books . . . But sometimes, you get to one of those ...more
Nicola Easthope
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Oh my goodness. This "cosy noir", as Renee calls it, had my curiosity piqued from Chapter 1, and is a brilliant blend of NZ social history and crime thriller, that had my heart and mind racing at all the crucial moments. Renee can write mystery, history, romance and personal quest in integrated and equal measure. 'The Wild Card' blends the fascinating history of modern theatre with the shameful decades of the abuse of children in State-run homes in 'post'-colonial New Zealand. Renee is a much lo ...more
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Renee's first mystery - and she is in her nineties! I heard her speak years ago and have always found her entertaining and profound.
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