A gritty blast of violent, sex-soaked, drug-drenched Australian neo-noir.
Nate is a small-time drug-dealer in 1990s regional Queensland, selling to pay his way through university and support his parents. But when a local girl turns up dead and his supplier goes missing, Nate gets dragged deeper into a world of bikies, crooked cops and the amateur porn industry.
Ryan’s prose is punchy and uncluttered. His sentences, paragraphs and chapters are short, so the momentum never falters. This is the kind of novel you can barrel through in a few hours and you’ll enjoy every moment – even though the hardboiled story ultimately doesn’t amount to very much and it’s hard to care about any of the novel’s dark, damaged characters.
At the very least, The Student confirms Ryan as an exciting voice in Australian crime fiction.