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Alan Carter Books In Order

Publication Order of Cato Kwong Books

Prime Cut (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Getting Warmer (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bad Seed (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Alan Carter is a UK born Australian author, who is famous for writing mystery, crime, thriller, and fiction novels. He is particularly well known for writing the Cato Kwong book series. Author Alan was born in the year 1959 in Sunderland. United Kingdom. In 1991, he moved to Australia and has been living there since then. Author Alan has earned a graduate degree from the Sunderland Polytechnic in Communication studies. Currently, he is employed in Australia as a director of television documentaries. Author Alan is happily is married and resides along with his beloved wife named Kath, and a son named Liam, in Fremantle, Western Australia. Other than being a director and author, he is also famous as a producer, screenwriter, and editor. Between the 1980s & 1990s, he used to work as the editor of music videos. The biggest client that author Alan had at that time was Phil Collins. The television career of author Alan began after he edited a Magic Special of David Copperfield in 1993. The first book penned by author Alan is called Prime Cut. It was shortlisted for a Dagger Award in the category of the Best Debut in 2010 by the Association of Crime Writers of UK. It went on to win the Ned Kelly prize in 2011 for Best Fiction.

The sequel to this book is known as Getting Warmer, which came out in 2013. Following the success of these 2 books, author Alan penned a third book called Bad Seed. This novel was released in 2015 and completed the Cato Kwong series. All these three books were published by the Fremantle Press. Author Alan’s first book has even been translated into the Spanish, German, and French languages and released again in each of the respective countries again. The German publishers translated and published the second also in their country in 2016. As of now, author Alan is trying to develop a new book on crime fiction. He is working on this new book from his newly bought home, located close to Havelock, on South Island top. Whenever Alan manages to get any spare time from his busy schedules, he tries to focus on his other career, as documentary director. Also, he likes to swim a lot. Whenever he gets some free time, author Alan keeps swimming for the whole duration and he does not like to come out soon. He has bought a small hobby farm near a distant valley in New Zealand. Alan spends equal amount of time at this hobby farm and his beach facing house in Fremantle. Author Alan’s most recent novel, the Marlborough Man, has its setting in New Zealand. This exciting new book is expected to be released very soon.

The Cato Kwong series written by Alan Carter is comprised of a total of 3 books, which were released between the years 2011 and 2015. All the 3 books of this award winning crime fiction series feature the lead character in the role of a Detective Senior Sergeant named Cato Kwong. The plots of each of the books are set in the Western Australian town of Fremantle. The debut novel of this successful series is entitled ‘Prime Cut’ It was released by the Fremanlte publication in the year 2011. At the start of this book’s story, it is shown that the entire world is going through an economic meltdown. But, it is learned that a mining town located in a corner of the world has started to bloom. And as the population of this town is increasing rapidly, the criminals are able to hide their crimes very easily. Some others are also able to keep their dirty pasts hidden. Detective Sergeant Cato Kwong faces a fallout due to a police frame up, after which he gets banished to join the stock squad. Later, the torso of a dead body gets washed up near Great Southern Ocean’s wild shores. When the local residents inform the police about the washed up dead body, Cato Kwong is sent to look into the matter and investigate. Cato Kwong’s investigation ends up unraveling the secret exploitation of the mining workers, who have migrated into the town to earn some money. When Cato investigates further, his actions disturb the activities of a crime boss having a dark past. Soon after, Cato Kwong is powerfully opposed and forced to fall back. This tightly described crime narrative draws relevant issues on the global scale, such as racism, economic crisis, immigration, and exploitation. Author Alan has added several elements of humor in the plot, which makes it an even more interesting read.

The next successful book of the series written by author Alan is called ‘Getting Warmer’. The Fermantle Press released this book in the year 2013. At the beginning of the story, it is shown that Cato Kwong returns in the role of senior detective sergeant. He arrives in Boom Town and starts working on an actual case. Cato Kwong is asked to investigate about the unsolved mystery behind the disappearance of a 15 year old girl. However, as it is the time in the city filled with millionaires, it is not only the heat that gives out a stinking odor. The corpse of a pig stuck with nails is found from a shallow grave in the town. Also, a human body, with a cut throat is discovered at a local nightclub. Now, while investigating the case, one of Cato Kwong’s colleagues makes several blunders. Because of this, the entire investigative squad is put under intense level scrutiny. And when Cato’s superior officers learn that he is showing sympathy towards one of the suspects in the case, he faces the threat of the derailment of his career as well as the case. This novel is assured, entertaining, and witty. It takes the readers into the mining boom of Western Australia. The money that the millionaires make from mining not only helps the economy, but also allows criminals to thrive. Once again, author Alan has depicted an excellent cast filled with rich characters. While Kwong searches for the missing girl, he remembers his own missing son. And when he sees the miserable state of the girl’s mother, Kwong realizes how he feels from inside for his son. The book also comes with humorous elements. The critics have stated that the readers who liked Alan’s first novel will definitely appreciate this one. The book is especially recommended for all those readers who love to read gritty and intriguing stories.

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