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  • Paperback
  • 348 pages
  • Bad Seed
  • Alan Carter
  • English
  • 06 March 2019
  • 1925162257

10 thoughts on “Bad Seed

  1. says:

    Cato Kwong, now acting detective of the Fremantle police is back in what is one of off his most complicated and most dangerous investigations of his career When his team comes to the house of a prominent Chinese Australian family with three family members dead, the obvious conclusion is that the son Matthew is responsible Cato, once close to the family is Matt s godfather and treads carefully as it is soon clear the murders are part of a much bigger picture that involves the acquisitions of fa Cato Kwong, now acting detective of the Fremantle police is back in what is one of off his most complicated and most dangerous investigations of his career When his team comes to the house of a prominent Chinese Australian family with three family members dead, the obvious conclusion is that the son Matthew is responsible Cato, once close to the family is Matt s godfather and treads carefully as it is soon clear the murders are part of a much bigger picture that involves the acquisitions of farmland by the Chinese and greed leading to murder.Cato s belligerent boss DI Mick Hutchens has his own problems to deal with as he tries his best to stave off a heart attack as he waits for his day in court to answer charges of police negligence and a lack of compassion in response to victims of child abuse One of his accusers is also got it in for him personally and first tries to blackmail him and then kill Mick and his family Along with these two parallel plots we also see the effect of the upcoming election with the expected change of government and the inevitable sapping of the bureaucratic will.For anyone who has read the two previous books in the Cato Kwong series, be prepared for a few difference While still top draw Aussie police procedural, we do see for the first time things go international with Kato and his crew in Shanghai on the trail of a suspect and the sad farewell of one of the characters that readers and as well as Kwong, has grown close to Kato is his usual gentle, self effacing and loyal self, while the addition of the sinister David Mundine and Mandarin speaking Aboriginal special agent Rory Driscoll compliment what is a complex and highly involved detective fiction


  2. says:

    Pavlou appraised him You re a good man, Philip, and a good cop We all know that But you need to learn to let go of things Not rock the boat Acting Sergeant Philip Cato Kwong of the Fremantle police is going through a rough time His rebellious teenage son is moving with a bad crowd, his ex wife Jane is expecting a baby to her new beau, his father diagnosed as terminally ill, his boss DI Hutchens called as a witness in an inquiry into sexual abuse at a hostel years earlier And now the Ta Pavlou appraised him You re a good man, Philip, and a good cop We all know that But you need to learn to let go of things Not rock the boat Acting Sergeant Philip Cato Kwong of the Fremantle police is going through a rough time His rebellious teenage son is moving with a bad crowd, his ex wife Jane is expecting a baby to her new beau, his father diagnosed as terminally ill, his boss DI Hutchens called as a witness in an inquiry into sexual abuse at a hostel years earlier And now the Tan family once friends, the wifethan friends have been murdered, with only the elder son, Matt, surviving Who did it and why Early in the investigation the Major Crimes squad not only takes an interest but takes over, Cato tolerated because of his Chinese ancestry There emerges shonky property deals with mainland China, flagged by the Foreign Investment Review Board, and gangsters in both countries have an interest Soon Cato is part of a police team sent to Shanghai, where he meets Sharon Wong, another Chinese Aussie, a officer of the Australian Federal Police in Beijing, and he is confronted with a very different culture, one where guanzi mutual obligation , prevails Set in 2013, ahead of the Federal Election in which asylum seekers boats was a key issue, the story switches between the Chinese players and their Australian counterparts, and the unfolding dramas at the inquiry, where a victim of the perpetrator is seeking not only compensation, but revenge.Wow This was tightly written with some very interesting characters one who seems to be playing both sides of the street and insights into the Aussie psyche It reveals the attitudes shown to Asians in Australia, even the descendants of the Victorian gold rush of the 1850 s And a certain snobbery against the bland coastal subdivisions springing up in SW WA, which to people living in high rises in smog bound Shanghai would seem like paradise Verdict top Aussie crime and a thought provoking reading


  3. says:

    In a word, Brilliant.


  4. says:

    My View A complex plot sited both in Perth Western Australia and Shanghai that is choc o block full of mystery, intrigue, politics and dark humour Sins of the past play softly in the background, slowly gathering momentum and reaching a crescendo colliding with events of today There are a few bloody deaths to investigate whilst light is shed on policing habits and idiosyncrasies that come under investigation in their own right eg crime and corruption hearings and plenty of local social comm My View A complex plot sited both in Perth Western Australia and Shanghai that is choc o block full of mystery, intrigue, politics and dark humour Sins of the past play softly in the background, slowly gathering momentum and reaching a crescendo colliding with events of today There are a few bloody deaths to investigate whilst light is shed on policing habits and idiosyncrasies that come under investigation in their own right eg crime and corruption hearings and plenty of local social commentary eg Abuse in Government care that will be very familiar to the local reader.I particularly enjoyed Mr Carter s method of naming his characters for those who are unaware Mr Carter is well known in the Western Australia s documentary scene, a very talented individual, and I found myself smiling and having a chuckle as I recognised some familiar names though not their traits in this book This is the third book in the Cato Kwong series but can easily be read as a stand a lone


  5. says:

    From the first book featuring Cato Kwong this has been a series to follow closely A police procedural that s moved him from Coventry aka the Stock Squad in remote WA back to Perth and right into the middle of a shocking murder scene Made worse by his old friendship with the dead family.Not that it was a current friendship Kwong and the Tan family had drifted apart many years ago, but the reason for that separation is part of the problem for this investigation Another strong gust shook t From the first book featuring Cato Kwong this has been a series to follow closely A police procedural that s moved him from Coventry aka the Stock Squad in remote WA back to Perth and right into the middle of a shocking murder scene Made worse by his old friendship with the dead family.Not that it was a current friendship Kwong and the Tan family had drifted apart many years ago, but the reason for that separation is part of the problem for this investigation Another strong gust shook the walls Cato couldn t disagree He knew the boy, and if anybody was capable of this, he wasThe best thing about this series is the balance between strong, believable and really companionable characters, and the little details of police and forensic procedure that are dotted throughout as well as the dry and gallows humour Cato left Duncan Goldflam and his mob to continue shifting through the forensic broth in the Tan home and headed back to the office A team of detectives and uniforms was doorknocking the area That was expected to take most of the day The boffins had taken away the array of family PCs, Macs, iPads, smartphones and such, and were picking the bones out of them The telcos were also doing their bit logging calls received and made, durations and locations in the preceding week, timeline to be expanded as required DC Thornton hovered by Cato s deskNeedless to say the state of the investigation is summed up in a succinct paragraph and we re away There is much to be said for this clear, to the point style The reader knows where we are, the procedural aspects aren t brushed under the carpet, and they don t bog the action down into the bargain Which leaves Carter free to play with his characters, their attitudes and interactions He flicked a finger at the newspaper This race to the bottom Competing to see how badly we can treat asylum seekers Tents on Castaway Island for fuck s sake They ll be promising to spit in their food next Pathetic A Perth gangster withhumanity and political insight than a Federal political leader it gave you pause for thoughtYes indeed it does As does much of this investigation as it digs into the Tan family themselves, their boyfriends and girlfriends, and Francis Tan s business associates It s a good balance of plot, action and characters, with some standouts in all categories.There was a certain inevitability about what happened next The Red Mist had descended on Deb Hassan but she was horribly calm as she unclipped her taser, marched up and stuck it into Mrs Harvey s shoulder Mind your manners, bitchNot politically correct, flamboyant and definitely a tad on the grumpy side, Deb Hassan works really well with the calmer,prosaic Kwong even though there are times when you can visualise them with hands around each others throats.Kwong doesn t play a lone hand though, there are other things happening in his world His boss in trouble with a judicial inquiry, and a bad dose of angina, as well as characters from the earlier books with happy events and woes of their own Carter does not shy away from some dramatic outcomes in the case of his characters All isn t automatically happy and right in this world This aspect alone means that the chance to read the books in order is going to make everything work much better for you, but it s not necessary These are such good books there s enough context here to keep you from being confused, without bogging you down It s hard to explain sometimes why cracking, tight, and realistic dialogue is so necessary for this genre People that work together daily, under pressure and in the most confrontational of circumstances talk in jargon, in short hand, in pointed and often poignant style Instead of explaining why it s so important from here on, I m seriously considering referring questioners to books like BAD SEED.Combine all of these excellent elements with a great sense of place, time and social context and BAD SEED clearly indicates that this is a series that just keeps getting better


  6. says:

    Bad Seed by Alan Carter is his third crime novel starring Detective Cato Kwong In this excellent novel Carter casts his protagonist s net wider to include the port city of Fremantle, Port Coogee, China and the West Australian wheat belt The result is a cracking good read Fast paced, action packed, the story hurtles along beautifully For a crime novel, it ticked all the boxes and , a wholeI loved it As I did Alan Carter s two earlier, brilliant crime novels Prime Cut and Getting W Bad Seed by Alan Carter is his third crime novel starring Detective Cato Kwong In this excellent novel Carter casts his protagonist s net wider to include the port city of Fremantle, Port Coogee, China and the West Australian wheat belt The result is a cracking good read Fast paced, action packed, the story hurtles along beautifully For a crime novel, it ticked all the boxes and , a wholeI loved it As I did Alan Carter s two earlier, brilliant crime novels Prime Cut and Getting Warmer


  7. says:

    Great as are all Alan s books


  8. says:

    I had few expectations of this novel and was pleasantly surprised to find a well written novel with complex characters The good and bad guys aren t clear cut black and white and not all the loose ends get tied off, making itrealistic in that sense It moves along at a good pace and you re never 100 per cent sure whodunit even after the police have got their man The main character s sense of humour allows for some witty repartee which prevents the book becoming too dark despite the bloodi I had few expectations of this novel and was pleasantly surprised to find a well written novel with complex characters The good and bad guys aren t clear cut black and white and not all the loose ends get tied off, making itrealistic in that sense It moves along at a good pace and you re never 100 per cent sure whodunit even after the police have got their man The main character s sense of humour allows for some witty repartee which prevents the book becoming too dark despite the bloodiness of the murders This was my first Cato Kwong book but not the last


  9. says:

    Excellent Loved it and couldn t put it down


  10. says:

    Referencing WA locations and fictionalising real events, a good police procedural My only criticism is that it was quite complex


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Bad SeedWhen Wealthy Property Developer Francis Tan And His Family Are Found Slain In Their Mansion, Cato Kwong Is Forced To Recall A Personal History That Makes His Investigation Doubly Painful The Killer Is Elusive And Brutal, And The Investigation Takes Cato To Shanghai In A World Of Spoiled Rich Kids And Cyber Dragons, Cato Is About To Discover A Whole Lot About The Chinese Acquisition Of Australian Land About Those Who Play The Game And Those Who Die Trying


About the Author: Alan Carter

Alan Carter is an award winning crime author and sometimes television documentary director His Cato Kwong series Prime Cut, Getting Warmer and Bad Seed has been published in the UK, France, Germany and Spain His latest novel, Marlborough Man, is set in New Zealand Alan was born in Sunderland, UK and immigrated to Australia in 1991 These days he divides his time between his house near the beach in Fremantle and a hobby farm up a remote valley in New Zealand In his spare time he follows a black line up and down the local swimming pool Alan Carter has won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel 2018 and the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction 2011.