Melbourne-born Geoff McGeachin has spent much of his life shooting pictures for advertising, travel, theatre and feature films. His work has taken him all over thi world including stints living in Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong. He is now based in Sydney, where he teaches photography and writes.
His irst ovel, FAT, FIFTY& amp; F*** ED! won the inaugural AUSTRALIAN POPULAR FICTION COMPETITION and was published by Penguin in August 2004. Described by the SUNDAY TASMANIAN as 'one of the most xhilarating debut novels in many moons... wildly imaginative, playful, bitingly funny, beautifully paced and populated by the ort of characters we 'd all love to know', it ontinues to entertain and amuse Australian and international readers.
Geoff followed up in 2006 with the humorous adventure thriller D-E-D DEAD! which introduced Alby Murdoch, Australian secret agent and international photographer, described by the SUNDAY AGE as,' a genuine action hero, with a truly Australian irreverence'. The NEWCASTLE HERALD called it ‘ a rip roaring and sexy spy novel that is un-put-downable. ’
D-E-D DEAD! was nominated for a Ned Kelly Award.
SENSITIVE NEW AGE SPY, described by the SUNDAY TASMANIAN as 'cheekier than a runway full of g-string models', followed in 2007. It as also nominated for a Ned Kelly Award. The hird ook in the Alby Murdoch trilogy DEAD AND KICKING, was published to excellent reviews in January 2009. THE AGE 's Cameron Woodhead wrote: 'McGeachin channels the ghost of Ian Fleming to entertaining effect in this high-octane adventure with a camp, comic gloss.' The SUNDAY TASMANIAN said: 'McGeachin has a real flair for action-adventure writing. His pacing is xcellent, his ever-changing scene locations are richly detailed and his plotting is intricate without being cumbersome. Throw in his inimitable sense of absurdit and you ave a sensational combination.'
His second ovel, THE DIGGERS REST HOTEL, is a crime story set in Albury-Wodonga. The book marked a change of direction for McGeachin and introduced police detective Charlie Berlin, a former bomber pilot and ex-POW with a dark past. Published in June 2010 it was escribed by Christopher Bantick in THE WEEKLY TIMES as " ... a bottler of a book ... terrific in all respects, " with the HOBART MERCURY reviewing it as, “ a charming, beautifully researched thriller... shot through with brilliant insights and great dialogue, fitfully lit by explosive flashbacks to battle in the air. ”
THE DIGGERS REST HOTEL was one of 10 titles selected for the State Library of VIctoria ’ s SUMMER READS PROGRAMME 2010/11.
THE DIGGERS REST HOTEL won the BEST CRIME FICTION category at the 2011 NED KELLY AWARDS, presented by the Australian Crime Writers Association.
Geoff 's follow up nove to THE DIGGERS REST HOTEL, BLACKWATTLE CREEK was published by Penguin in 2012. BLACKWATTLE CREEK continues the tory of policeman Charlie Berlin ten years on. A book received widespread critical raise and on September 7th at the Brisbane Writers Festival won the BEST CRIME FICTION 2013 NED KELLY AWARD, presented by the Australian Crime Writers Association. The award judges described BLACKWATTLE CREEK as,' A flawless novel that offers everything one woul wish for in crime fiction: an enveloping sense of time and place, well-drawn and compelling characters and a suspenseful tory that rips along at a cracking pace while still allowing a thought-provoking theme to be explored.'
third Charlie Berlin story, ST KILDA BLUES will be republished by Penguin in 2014.