She also has a teaching degree and spent six months trying to enthuse teenagers about English and History before admitting that she had failed spectacularly and should have stuck to locking them up instead. Only the surface is a crime novel. Thus The Brotherhood was born that morning from a simple question. The Brotherhood is a novel about violence, preconceptions, loyalties, corruption, betrayal and the question a copper should never need to ask- just who can you trust? There was a plot building, slowly worming it's way into a fascinating story. This is gritty, real-life drama. And as the investigation unfolds through the eyes of the sergeant's colleagues, friends, family, enemies and the suspect himself, it becomes clear that there was a great deal more to John White - and the squeaky-clean reputation of the nation's smallest state police service - than ever met the eye. Yvette Erskine: As a writer, I'm quite organic - I don't really plan my stories out too much.
Issues of politics, media and race relations faced by the police force are confronted with finesse. There are some issues touched on here that are uncomfortable. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. And then we plunge in; the story progressing with a different narrator each chapter. The Brotherhood is a novel about violence, preconceptions, loyalties, corruption, betrayal and the question a copper should never need to ask- just who can you trust? I really enjoyed the way in which Erskine confronts the grey areas of law and order that are too often reduced to headlines manipulated for controversy or ignored in favour of political expediency.
Still a good read, just don't expect it to be a showstopper. It'll be interesting to see what Erskine does next - I'm happy to try another of her books, but hope she'll go for a more complex story and some genuine character development. It ends in tragedy when the sergeant is fatally stabbed by one of the fleeing youths. In her spare time she was member of the elite Protective Security Section. Officers struggle to maintain their integrity in an environment where they are increasingly undervalued and at risk. The story unfolds from several points of view, beginning with the probationary constable who was present at the scene, and then continuing through a diverse cast related to the case including the Police Commissioner, the suspect and a local journalist.
If a book can make me want it to become part of a much loved new series, then all power to it. One dead cop, one small island and an impact that will last a lifetime. It's all quite depressing, but at the same time, it's quite an insight that most will never be privy to. Yvette Erskine: When I wrote the book, the John White in my mind was actually one of the first sergeants I had when I began policing. Policing itself is very two faced - what the public sees is not even close to what goes on behind the scenes. I had actually wondered if this might have been an autobiographical snippet! This cynicism is reflected in the style of the writing which is honest and brutal with strong expletives meted out by police and criminals alike.
I am eagerly awaiting the publication of Erskine's next novel, The Betrayal. When Sergeant John White, mentor, saviour and all-round good guy, is murdered during a routine call-out, the tight-knit world of Tasmania Police is rocked to the core. The Brotherhood is a novel about violence, preconceptions, loyalties, corruption, betrayal and the question a copper should never need to ask : just who can you trust? The Brotherhood One dead cop, one small island and an impact that will last a lifetime. In an attempt to find a new career, I did a part time Dip Ed whilst still policing and briefly taught at the local high school. And as the investigation unfolds through the eyes of the sergeant's colleagues, friends, family, enemies and the suspect himself, it becomes clear that there was a great deal more to John White - and the squeaky-clean reputation of the nation's smallest state police service - than ever met the eye. But to be honest, at the beginning, I was feeling a little leery.
Except it wasn't really that, either. The murder of a police officer in Tasmania is definitely not a storyline that comes up frequently. Each of these characters have their own story to tell, their own agenda and each is developed beautifully, as though this were a collection of short stories or personal memoirs. The Booktopia Book Guru asks Y. Compared to other countries, it's always seemed that there's a shortage of contemporary, informed, realistic, dark and confrontational Australian Police Procedural crime fiction being written.
Tensions clearly run high between the law enforcers and the Aborigine community and the narrative moves to the Commissioner of Police who clearly fears that the situation could escalate existing stresses. What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work? At eighteen I headed south to Hobart for uni — a Bachelor of Arts with a double history major. The Brotherhood begins with the shooting of an experienced and well liked police officer during a routine break and enter investigation in suburban Tasmania. One dead cop, one small island, and an impact that will last a lifetimeWhen Sergeant John White, mentor, savior, and all-round good guy, is murdered during a routine call-out, the tight-knit world of Tasmania Police is rocked to the core. The ending did leave me wanting to know what happened next as it seemed like there's a whole other story in that, that wasn't told. An already difficult investigation into the death of one of their own becomes steeped in political complexities when the main suspect is identified as Aboriginal and the case, courtesy of the ever-hostile local media, looks set to make Palm Island resemble a Sunday afternoon picnic in comparison. Hampered by petty politics and woefully under resourced, Erskine reveals a police force where corruption and sexism is rife.
A study of relations among various people associated with the Hobart police force. On a lighter note, I adore for his ever amusing insights into the male psyche. Gradually the personality of the policeman is revealed and his squeaky clean reputation comes under scrutiny along with the cynical manipulation of laws introduced to protect the Aborigine population. The first, brief chapter is very good - lots of detail, no substantial information. There will always be people who resent the so-called special treatment that minorities receive. Hopefully, this shortcoming will be redressed with Erskine's second book, , which has already gone into a second printing before release. Partly a problem of expectations, perhaps - the book started with the killing of a cop, so I thought the story would follow the investigation.
His death will rock the local police to it's core. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel? Justice is swayed by the suspect's cultural heritage, his socioeconomic status, his background and the very real tensions between the indigenous community and police. In her spare time she was member of the elite Protective Security Section. The ripples extend way beyond his immediate family. Erskine spent 10 years with the police force and knows the lingo. That's just the way it is. Not sure , and helped to avoid some of the cliches and escalations that so often mar the last quarter of crime novels.