Detective Sergeant Philip ‘Cato’ Kwong is light on sleep but high on happiness with his new wife Sharon Wang and their baby girl. But contentment is not compatible with life in the Job, and soon a series of murders of Fremantle’s homeless people gets in the way of Cato’s newfound bliss. As New Wave journalist Norman Lip flirts online with the killer, it becomes apparent that these murders are personal – every death is bringing the killer one step closer to Cato.
Alan Carter is a 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. In 2011 he won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction and in 2018 he won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. 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 in New Zealand.
This is Alan Carter’s fifth book with Fremantle Press, following the success of Marlborough Man, which last year won the Ngaio Marsh Award. In Heaven Sent, DS Cato Kwong returns and is hot on the trail of a killer who’s targeting Fremantle’s homeless population. I’m a Fremantle local, and it was very strange to read a crime novel set in my home town, but it was also quite rewarding as I could easily visualise every scene. While Carter’s novels are always pacy and enjoyable reads with good twists, they also have something to say about our society, as good crime fiction should. Heaven Sent reminds us that, despite the great wealth of a state like Western Australia, there are many who get left behind through no fault of their own, and though homelessness is a problem that’s hard to face, it’s not one we can ignore.