A heist thriller set in Queensland, Melbourne and Thailand. Think Richard Stark’s Parker, Garry Disher’s Wyatt, and Wallace Stroby's Crissa Stone. Add a touch of Surfers Paradise sleaze and a very dangerous stopover in Asia.

Gary Chance is a former Australian army driver, ex-bouncer and thief. His latest job takes him to Surfers Paradise, Queensland, working for aging standover man, Dennis Curry. Curry runs off-site, non-casino poker games, and wants to rob one of his best customers, a high roller called Freddie Gao.

The job seems straightforward but Curry's crew is anything but. Frank Dormer is a secretive ex-soldier turned private security contractor. Sophia Lekakis is a highly-strung receptionist at the hotel where Gao stays when he visits Surfers Paradise. Amber, Curry's female housemate, is part of the lure for Gao. Chance knows he can't trust anyone, but nothing prepares him for what unfolds when Curry's plan goes wrong.


“Well-executed...tightly written.”
The Sydney Morning Herald

“A tense, fast-moving, vividly-drawn thriller.”
Garry Disher, author of the Wyatt novels

“A gritty slice of Down-Under noir, served lean and mean.”
Wallace Stroby, author of The Devil's Share and Shoot the Woman First

“A phenomenal, hard-as-nails thriller with more tight corners than a maze and a double cross around every one of them. I loved it.”
Timothy Hallinan, award-winning author of the Poke Rafferty and Junior Bender mysteries

Gunshine State is a breakneck ride from first page to last. Nette drags the reader into a sharply drawn world of dark motives and even darker morals. A must for lovers of hard-boiled crime fiction.”
Emma Viskic, author of Resurrection Bay, Winner of the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction

“A comprehensive love letter to the genre's rough hewn roots.”
Big Issue magazine

“[A] rollicking ride.”
The Newtown Review of Books

“A lean, mean, hard-boiled knockout.”
David Whish-Wilson, author of Line of Sight, Zero at the Bone and Old Scores

“Gruesome, visceral fun and it never lets up for a second.”
Jock Serong, author of Quota, Winner of the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel

“Wyatt's got some serious competition now.”

“The pace is fast, the narrative momentum steady. He tells us just enough about the characters' pasts to give them weight as people, and he interweaves this exposition with the forward action smoothly.”
Criminal Element

Gunshine State moves like a bullet. The prose is taught without sacrificing atmosphere, character or psychological depth. Brimming with evocative settings, sharp dialogue and vibrant characters, this novel firmly positions Nette as one of Australia’s leading writers of hard-boiled crime.”
Alex Hammond, author of The Unbroken Line and Blood Witness

Gunshine State is magnificent. Taut, tense—a tremendous thriller.”
Andrew Grant, author of False Positive and Run

“You can’t go wrong with Gunshine State .”
Crime Fiction Lover

“Take a handful of gravel, a kick in the teeth and a couple of cold beers, and you’ve got Gunshine State by Andrew Nette.”
Luke Preston, author of Dark City Blue and Out of Exile

“This brutal, hard-boiled thriller comes at you like a furious street brawler and pins you to the wall with a white-knuckle plot and authentic characters. Like a vicious left hook to the ribs it will leave you breathless.”
Leigh Redhead, author of Peepshow, Rubdown, Cherry Pie and Thrill City

About the Author

Andrew Nette is the author of one previous novel, Ghost Money, and co-editor of an upcoming non-fiction book on pulp fiction and youth subcultures from 1950 to 1980, due out mid-2017. You can find him at his popular website, Pulp Curry, or on Twitter at @Pulpcurry. He lives in Melbourne.