Tough one this. I only got 3 right, and I read a fair bit of crime fiction. Maybe some of you guys can do better.
Quiz - name the detective from the description
Nice. I got 5.
9. The Boat
This is a collection of short stories that center around feelings of isolation, powerlessness and pressure. Some of them are good (the first one is excellent, and another captures so beautifully the issues with masculinity in rural Australia I was shocked how well Nam Le articulated them), others are a bit beige for me (the story of a man caught between his hit man job, and his friends, in particular, seemed pointless).
I didn't mind this collection - but I felt like the writer has strengths he is hesitant to play to - the biographical and the Australian story were head and shoulders above the rest - and I think that if Le explores these settings and memories more broadly he will be an excellent writer. The stories about New York artists, Vietnamese people on a boat, etc, didn't say anything new - didn't really communicate much, and felt languid compared to the others.
10. Collected Stories
Peter Carey's collected works are, if anything, inconsistent. Several of the stories were fantastic - evocative, beautiful, sharp, interesting. The majority were, however, meandering, pointless, oddly written (mini chapters within a short story makes little sense, especially for stories a page and a half long).