Turning the crime genre on its head, Jacqueline Bublitz’s Before You Knew My Name and Laura Elizabeth Woollett’s The Newcomer both centre the victim in their stories of violent death and the investigations that follow. The haunting, strangely joyous Before You Knew My Name tells of Alice Lee arriving in New York with just a camera and hope, destined to be a Jane Doe one month later. The Newcomer, which fictionalises an infamous 2002 murder on Norfolk Island, is a smart, provocative portrait of prejudice, violence and grief.
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Jacqueline 'Rock' Bublitz is a writer, feminist, and arachnophobe. She wrote her debut novel Before You Knew My Name after spending a summer in New York, where she hung around morgues and the dark corners of city parks (and the human psyche) far too often.
Laura Elizabeth Woollett is the author of a short story collection, The Love of a Bad Man, shortlisted for Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, and two novels, Beautiful Revolutionary, shortlisted for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction, and 2021 release The Newcomer.