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The Old School Sydney, Nhu Ned Kelly Is A Young Detective Making Her Way In What Was, Until Recently, The Best Police Force Money Could Buy Now ICAC Has The Infamous Roger Rogerson In The Spotlight, And The Old Ways Are Out Ned S Sex And Background Still Make Her An Outsider In The Force, But Sydney Is Changing, Expanding, Modernising, And So Is The JobWhen Two Bodies Are Found In The Foundations Of An Old Building In Sydney S West, Ned Is Drawn Into The City S Past Old Rivalries, Old Secrets And Old Wrongs As She Works To Discover Who The Bones Belong To And Who Dumped Them There She Begins To Uncover Secrets That Threaten To Expose Not Only The Rotten Core Of The Police Force, But Also The Dark Mysteries Of Her Own FamilyPM Newton Worked In The New South Wales Police Force For Thirteen Years Her Debut Is Both A Gripping Crime Novel And A Brilliant Portrait Of Sydney S Recent Past


10 thoughts on “The Old School

  1. says:

    This book is outstanding in so many ways The language I kept having to stop and write down one liners, so superb is Newton s command of prose The setting a careful rendering of Sydney unlike any I ve read It is so refreshing to read a book of the city one has grown up in that is so finely evoked in terms of place, weather, character and idiom Newton mentions many things I can identify with, from reference to the man made of tyres along Sydney Road as one drives down to Manly long gone, This book is outstanding in so many ways The language I kept having to stop and write down one liners, so superb is Newton s command of prose The setting a careful rendering of Sydney unlike any I ve read It is so refreshing to read a book of the city one has grown up in that is so finely evoked in terms of place, weather, character and idiom Newton mentions many things I can identify with, from reference to the man made of tyres along Sydney Road as one drives down to Manly long gone, probably , to the waterfront of Greenwich Point with its oil terminal and also places I m not so intimately familiar with, like the multicultural suburbs of the south west The characters I found the protagonist s personal life absorbing, her mixed Irish Vietnamese background disconcerting brave of Newton to portray this cross cultural perspective , and her relationships with others complex, nuanced and believable Plot who cares, when you have all these other things so superbly drawn But the plot was fascinating It managed to weave in so many aspects of Sydney life, cultural, historical, political and personal Pace This was a page turner, but not a fast read I was absorbed and found myself staying up late and once waking up at 3am and reaching for the book At the end, I wanted to finish because in some ways I found the topic exhausting and confronting, but at the same time I didn t want my journey with the characters to end.Don t just take my word for it The Old School has attracted well deserved rave reviews, including a couple by participants in the AWW2012 Reading Reviewing Challenge Fast paced plot deserves measured considered read, review by Yvonne Perkins and The Old School reviewed by Walter Masson Apparently it has been nominated for a prize


  2. says:

    The Old School is the debut novel by former Policewoman P.M Newton set in the south western Sydney suburb of Bankstown in 1992, this book follows Detective Nhu Ned Kelly who s current case leds her into the dark pasts of Sydney This book is full of Race struggles, power moves and corruption While this was a fantastic debut novel for P.M Newton, I found my self a little bored and not interested in the characters I remember the era as I grow up in Sydney but I don t really remember the gri The Old School is the debut novel by former Policewoman P.M Newton set in the south western Sydney suburb of Bankstown in 1992, this book follows Detective Nhu Ned Kelly who s current case leds her into the dark pasts of Sydney This book is full of Race struggles, power moves and corruption While this was a fantastic debut novel for P.M Newton, I found my self a little bored and not interested in the characters I remember the era as I grow up in Sydney but I don t really remember the grittiness of that time I was still in primary school It was worth a read and if you enjoy a good Police procedure style book then don t let my review detir you, this book is really interesting and I think many people will enjoy it I just struggled to connect with it Ned is a strong powerful young woman tha has to go through many struggles to prove herself, I m interested to see if there will be anynovels to continue on her story


  3. says:

    It is so exciting re discovering how much I enjoy crime as a genre and better yet, discovering an eloquent and highly competent new author The Old School is PM Newton s first novel, and I hope there will be many, manyI m not sure whether I hope that they will all contain Nhu Ned Kelly, but she is a well drawn, nuanced character and deftly depicted by PM Newton Ned is half Viet and half Irish, let s not forget and PM Newton writes the difficulties Ned has with her otherness well we It is so exciting re discovering how much I enjoy crime as a genre and better yet, discovering an eloquent and highly competent new author The Old School is PM Newton s first novel, and I hope there will be many, manyI m not sure whether I hope that they will all contain Nhu Ned Kelly, but she is a well drawn, nuanced character and deftly depicted by PM Newton Ned is half Viet and half Irish, let s not forget and PM Newton writes the difficulties Ned has with her otherness well we re introduced to her as she bristles at jibes about her appearance islander, Hong Kong chicky babe boat baby Throughout, I found PM Newton did not make one step wrong in depicting Nhu or her sister Linh, and I was very impressed Her careful, non stereotypecast handling of the war in Viet Nam, Australia s role and some of the characters role was also here s that word again deft.On other otherness fronts, PM Newton is also very good She depicts the conflicts in indigenous politics well, clear eyed but with compassion Much better and I m sorry to make comparisons but how else do we make judgements than YA Erskine did in The Brotherhood There are similar themes, too, in this book and YA Erskine corruption in the police force, anyone , outdated methods and philosophy, resistance to change, loyalty She draws out the sexism and almost every other ism in the police force, while also giving credit to minimal, incremental, baby steps change.But where she does best is in relation to her musings about The Past, how it shapes the characters and what it means to excavate things long forgotten or purposefully hidden And this is what The Old School is really about yes there s a murder or rather, quite a few and unsolved crimes but what this novel is really about is our complicated relationship with the past, with our own history and by our, I mean Australia s as well as the individual characters and the careful ways we construct our lives to mask or to emphasise aspects of our past Of the recent Australian crime Temple, Erskine, Newton I ve been reading, I am impressed at how nuanced our stories are I look forward to PM Newton s next She is writing another, right


  4. says:

    The Old School by name and old school by nature This is a debut police procedural novel by former Policewoman P.M Newton and is set in the south western Sydney suburb of Bankstown in the early 1990 s.Bankstown is a melting pot of cultural and financial diversity A place where a future prime minister can emerge, having left school at 15 A suburb infused with Asian, Middle Eastern and European immigrants Close enough to the teeming city centre to attract renovators, developers, shonky deals a The Old School by name and old school by nature This is a debut police procedural novel by former Policewoman P.M Newton and is set in the south western Sydney suburb of Bankstown in the early 1990 s.Bankstown is a melting pot of cultural and financial diversity A place where a future prime minister can emerge, having left school at 15 A suburb infused with Asian, Middle Eastern and European immigrants Close enough to the teeming city centre to attract renovators, developers, shonky deals and crooked operators In 1992 the suburb was well into the process of gentrification Corners were being cut, organised crime had a controlling interest and bureaucratic corruption was rife With this as a backdrop and the ICAC Independent Commission Against Corruption investigation in full swing, the plot unfolds Nhu Ned Kelly is a young detective based at the Bankstown Police Station Thrust into a blokey environment, and with a Vietnamese mother and an Irish father, Ned s sex and background are always going to make it tough for her to succeed Despite being a born and bred Sydneysider, Ned cops sexist and racist jibes from the perps and her workmates alike on a daily basis But Ned is part of the new police model, not tainted by past graft and made from stern stuff.When two bodies are found in the foundations of an old building, Ned is confronted with a cascading series of old rivalries, police corruption, and is drawn into the case on a personal level as links are found between the bodies and Ned s own parents who were murdered in 1976 Suspects are plenty, some of her workmates are rotten to the core and Ned doesn t know she can trust and who she can turn to The Old School was shortlisted for the 2011 Ned Kelly Best First Crime Fiction Award, and I can see why It is an absorbing and intriguing police procedural novel The fact that it is P.M Newton s debut novel is evencreditable The plot is well researched by the former policewoman She nails the era and the battles that a young policewoman would have faced No doubt experiencing the same sexism and hurdles herself The fictitious plot is paralleled by real events that give the setting and time period both authenticity and perspective Aboriginal Landrights, Paul Keating s Redfern Address, ICAC, multiculturalism, a burgeoning and emerging world city in Sydney and a changing attitude to policing are all interwoven cleverly into the plot The pace of the story is well modulated with new pieces of evidence building the intrigue and deepening the mystery The characters are diverse and interesting and the ending is both absorbing and fulfilling I hope this is the first book in a series It is a gutsy and gritty police procedural with fleshy characters and lays a perfect launching pad to spawn a series I will be keenly on the lookout for future P.M Newton novels and highly recommend this book to those who like tough and dirty police procedural and crime fiction novels 4.5 5 Stars


  5. says:

    This is a very individual book, told in a unique voice.A dense, complicated book delivered in a staccato prose It s relentless, sometimes exhausting, with a brand of Strine so thick I admit I didn t always know what was going on It s also thoroughly absorbing Marvellous to see so much of Sydney in the story and a realistically multicultural Sydney at that Hurrah I don t think I ever really took to protagonist Nhu Ned Kelly or the assortment of difficult people that surround her I did wi This is a very individual book, told in a unique voice.A dense, complicated book delivered in a staccato prose It s relentless, sometimes exhausting, with a brand of Strine so thick I admit I didn t always know what was going on It s also thoroughly absorbing Marvellous to see so much of Sydney in the story and a realistically multicultural Sydney at that Hurrah I don t think I ever really took to protagonist Nhu Ned Kelly or the assortment of difficult people that surround her I did wish we d gotten to seeof her mother, Ngoc, who seemed such a figure of pathos But as Nhu says of her parents, they were c onfident they d live to know their daughters, not realising the need to leave clues Nhu herself is the kind of character that carries a lot of rage, gets into a lot of fights is relatively humourless Admittedly she has a lot of tragedy in her life, some of it outside her control for example, the early death of her parents some of it within her affair with a married man Remarkably, I actually managed to guess at some of the plot, which is an otherwise unheard of feat for me It only endeared the bookAnother hurrah And if I wanted to maybe edit 80 pages out of it, well, regular readers of my reviews may already know of my impatience with long stories they will know to take my comments with a grain of salt Liked it Tired now aww2013 no.9


  6. says:

    A pretty hard slog up until the last 75 pages or so Liked the storyline and the idea behind it, it also tackles some very big taboo subjectsbut it just wasn t all that polished.


  7. says:

    Nhu Ned Kelly is a young Irish Vietnamese police detective in Bankstown, Sydney Her parents were murdered when she was young and she and her sister were brought up by an Aunt, knowing nothing of Vietnamese culture or language When two bodies, seemingly unconnected, are found encased in the concrete under an old building been demolished in 1992, Ned and her fellow detectives are thrown back to the 70s to find the reason for their deaths.This is an excellent debut novel, tightly written and fu Nhu Ned Kelly is a young Irish Vietnamese police detective in Bankstown, Sydney Her parents were murdered when she was young and she and her sister were brought up by an Aunt, knowing nothing of Vietnamese culture or language When two bodies, seemingly unconnected, are found encased in the concrete under an old building been demolished in 1992, Ned and her fellow detectives are thrown back to the 70s to find the reason for their deaths.This is an excellent debut novel, tightly written and full of gritty detail P.M Newton was herself a detective during the 1990s and nails the time and place of her novel brilliantly Several social issues of the 70s and 90s are raised Australia s role in the Vietnam war and it s aftermath, Aboriginal activism and police corruption Looking forward to reading the next instalment Beams Falling and some further development of Nhu s character


  8. says:

    4.5 sLoved it This is a gritty, police detective fiction written by a woman who worked for 13 years in the 80s 90s in the NSW Police I found it gripping very well written, but not an easy read I didn t think I was going to like it at first, the opening chapter was very confronting, but I settled in really wanted to find out what happened to Ned I couldn t read it for long sessions because it was so confronting, but it was something I had to keep going back to, it has left a lasting 4.5 sLoved it This is a gritty, police detective fiction written by a woman who worked for 13 years in the 80s 90s in the NSW Police I found it gripping very well written, but not an easy read I didn t think I was going to like it at first, the opening chapter was very confronting, but I settled in really wanted to find out what happened to Ned I couldn t read it for long sessions because it was so confronting, but it was something I had to keep going back to, it has left a lasting impression.Although this isn t all explosions incredibly talented wealthy serial killers, it s not for the faint hearted There s some history here Vietnam Aboriginal clearing, police corruption this is the time of the ICAC trial into such corruption, 1990.I loved travelling around Sydney with Ned, trying to remember what it was like in 1990, in the post recession years I remember those huge holes everywhere as developers ran out of money after knocking the lovely old buildings down being unable to build the new ones Property prices were just starting to rise at ridiculous rates everyone was renovating madly particularly in the inner city I wish I d bought a house in Greenwich back then


  9. says:

    This book won the Davitt Award Reader s Choice 2011 It was tightly written, in depth and refreshing The author set it during a volatile time in the NSW Police Force when major corruption was being uncovered The main character was an Irish Vietnamese police officer, whose parents were murdered when she was a child When a pair of bodies are found buried in concrete in one of her father s construction sites, all her childhood nightmares come back to haunt her With the police force riddled with This book won the Davitt Award Reader s Choice 2011 It was tightly written, in depth and refreshing The author set it during a volatile time in the NSW Police Force when major corruption was being uncovered The main character was an Irish Vietnamese police officer, whose parents were murdered when she was a child When a pair of bodies are found buried in concrete in one of her father s construction sites, all her childhood nightmares come back to haunt her With the police force riddled with corruption, she doesn t know who to trust The threads of distrust and uncovering the past are woven through the narrative.A gripping read


  10. says:

    Wow Wow Wow This is a refreshing, gutsy, clever story with masterfully accessible writing I am totally ready for the sequel


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