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Automaton Paperback – March 30, 2012
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'This is an exemplary novel by a master of the craft.' - John L Work, reviewer
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The ideas for her published books to date have come from jobs she has held.
Her fourth and first published, AUTOMATON, won the Fast Books Annual Prize for Best Australian Indie Fiction. It's a legal thriller the idea for which occurred when she spent five years recording trials in the courts of the Australian Capital Territory.
Her next, IMBROGLIO, is a contemporary intrigue mystery that sprang from an early job as a publications typist with the Weapons Research Establishment in South Australia.
She continues to write from experience. She has two in the pipeline: one based on her insider knowledge of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission--she was its Director Publishing. The other a direct result of actual events: the robbery of her jewellery when she was in Italy for her daughter's wedding in July/August 2013.
Want to contact Alana? You can do it through the Contacts page on her website: http://www.alanawoods.com
Top Customer Reviews
A young man named Russell, who claims to have no recollection of the crime for which he is to be tried, stands accused of murder. He apparently has amnesia, the result of a brutal beating suffered shortly after the victim's death. Or does he? The government's case is overwhelmingly strong, replete with solid circumstantial, forensic, and eye-witness evidence. Russell is looking at some very serious prison time.
Enter Elisabeth Sharman, a beautiful, intelligent, rather pushy, aggressive, somewhat tactless barrister, the newcomer to the office by the way, who is assigned to defend the accused at trial. She encounters her senior instructing solicitor, the dashingly handsome, egotistical Rob Murphy, and some other office staff members who are less than receptive to her presence. And you know the sparks are going to fly, in several different directions.
The interactions among the various characters in the law office (it is a legal thriller, after all) are very true to life. I say that from having worked for nearly two years as an investigator with the Colorado Public Defender's Office.Read more ›
4/5 ANGEL WINGS
REVIEW BY R.L. BAILEY
I love reading a great mystery. I love it even more if I can't figure it out by Chapter three. Well, Automaton, by Alana Woods has that and a whole lot more! Set in and around the courtrooms of Australia, Miss Woods takes the reader on a journey from a brutal murder, a defendant who can't remember a thing, (or can he?) to an end that you can't wait to get to!
The story centers around Russell, charged with a murder he can't remember. His lawyer, or as they say in Australia, his barrister, is a young cocky way too sure of herself woman by the name of Elizabeth. She's not the most tactful tool in the box, and soon has the entire office looking at her in disdain. Her boss, Robert, oh what a man he is. And modest as well. You just know that the tension between him and Elizabeth is going to be electric!
Elizabeth digs into the case, going all out in defense of her client, and incurs the wrath of any number of people who want to see Russell convicted of murder. Elizabeth believes in her client though and pushes through, sometimes at her own peril.
This is a good read. It kept my attention throughout, and even though I am an American, I could still understand the Aussie terms used in the book. My only complaint, like Miss Woods other book I read, Imbroglio, was too may second tier characters who take up too much of the story.
Book given to reviewer in exchange for fair and honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Australia is hot. The mystery is hot. The case is hot. The black cloud of murder hangs like a sultry cloud above a young man who may or may not be guilty. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Caleb Pirtle
Too slow. Too many characters.
I could not withstand reading it and went directly from chapter 7 to 19.
Suspicious 5 star reviews.
Don't waste your money.