BOOK CLUB: Crocodile Tears

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I’ve been reading Crocodile Tears by Alan Carter. I loved the Australianisms in the book, shown through the language, scenery and general laid back attitude of the characters.

My first introduction to Cato Kwong was with Getting Warmer which is book #2. I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn’t feel it imperative to read book #1. However Crocodile Tears is book #5 and I did feel like I had missed something. I do have books #3 and #4 on my shelf. I just haven’t found that every elusive time to read them.

Alan Carter has given his readers a twisty political thriller that has multiple plot lines running through it. I was intrigued to see how the different plots would come together and Carter managed to tie them all in nicely, pulling out surprise after surprise.

Returning nightmares and a reliance on anxiety medication see Cato in a bad way. However he still gives the case his all. He likes to get to the real answers and won’t let go of a case until he is totally satisfied, often putting his own life in danger.

The plot moves from Perth to Tasmania, Darwin and Timor-Leste. A fast paced police procedural that involves murder, atrocity, greed, ambition, hatred and spies.

No one can be trusted and strings are being pulled by government authorities to suit their own agenda.

Crocodile Tears was my first time meeting character Rory Driscoll; a likeable anti-hero and all round good bloke. He professes that he is retired, happy to spend his days fishing, but I would love to see him have his own series.

Although I am sad to see him go, I found Crocodile Tears an acceptable end to the Cato Kwong series.

A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club members are reading Crocodile Tears by Alan Carter. You can read their comments below or add your own review.

4 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Crocodile Tears

  1. Crocodile Tears by Alan Carter (Fremantle Press) is a tense and complicated crime /spy/ political thriller. It begins with two gruesome, mutilation murders in suburban Western Australia. Serial killer? Mad man? – Detective Philip ‘Cato’ Kwong is determined to find out if there is a connection and track down the perpetrator…

    This is apparently the fifth and final novel in the Cato Kwong series, and while there are some gaps, Crocodile Tears reads quite well as a stand alone story. You certainly quickly get the idea that Detective Cato Kwong has experienced his fair share of violence and trauma.

    Running in parallel to Cato’s investigation is the seemingly unrelated ‘protection’ activity of Rory Driscoll. Driscoll has come out of retirement to keep three whistleblowers safe, on behalf of the Australian Government…probably. However, Driscoll’s actual role, relationship to the authorities and his past are all a little shady.

    Both Cato’s investigation and Driscoll’s ‘protection’ activity proceed at a pace, weaving around attacks, threats, dodgy business deals and all sorts of unsavoury characters, until the trails collide and lead to the murky, under world of Timor-Leste.

    This is a complex and fast paced novel and at times I became quite lost, trying to work out what was going on! However it was quite engrossing – full of double dealings, intrigue and plenty of action!

  2. Thank you for the opportunity to read Crocodile Tears by Alan Carter.

    This book is number 5 in the series and even though I haven’t read the first 4 I was still able to get a good feel for the characters.

    I really liked that the book was set in Perth as being my home city, I was able to picture a lot of the settings, many of which I’ve visited before.

    I found the book quite busy at times, both character and story wise, and I often had to flick back to get a better understanding of what was happening. Not being a big reader of crime and espionage, I also found occasions where I had to do a little googling to add more context.

    All up I found the book interesting and even educational, and will try and read earlier books from the series to add even more context.

  3. I read Crocodile tears knowing full well that this was the 5th book in a series. At times that did not matter but there were moments that I did not fully understand unless I read the previous ones.

    Until I learnt a bit more about the main character I actually thought he was an older semi retired detective. I wasnt at all interested in the political side of the story but I did like the way it ended and the twist once the characters full story comes to light.

    I dont think I will read the previous books unless I come across them but thank you for the opportunity.

  4. Thank you Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to review Crocodile Tears by Alan Carter. Crocodile Tears was my first time reading the Cato Kwong series. This is book number five in the series. I found this book a very busy read with two parts of the story and fast paced, and at times with complex twists and turns making it a little difficult to follow along at times. That said, it satisfies those who like crime, spy tales, mystery and intrigue as it’s part Police procedural and part spy thriller, it definitely made for an interesting read. I did enjoy the characters and the fact it included many actual events that most Australians would be familiar with.

    I enjoyed this read and the characters Rory Driscoll and especially the Chinese-Australian perspective of Detective Cato Kwong and although I did enjoy reading, I’m not sure I would read the other books in the series.

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