Drowning City

Author(s): Ben Atkins

NZ - Fiction

A compelling noir novel, set in the 1930s, with echoes of Chandler while also foreshadowing the ills of contemporary society. In a city of illusive agendas, it's hard to find the truth. It's harder still to find what's right. Max Fontana is a Depression-era bootlegger in America. Someone is trying to destroy his lucrative business, and so our atypical anti-hero sets off into the night to find out what's going on. The city is saturated with criminal and political extremism, can he trust anyone? Place and narrative-style are just as much characters in this evocative novel by an astonishingly talented teenager.


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Ben Atkins completed the first draft of his first novel aged only seventeen, and yet writes with the maturity of a forty year old. He is a student of Political Studies and Film and Media Studies at Auckland University. He has a deep interest in how politics permeates and defines society. This tied in with his passion for mid-20th century crime fiction, resulting in Drowning City: 'When I was in high school, the ethical and ideological concerns of the Great Depression struck me as a fascinating complement to those of organized crime. The process of writing this book developed alongside a student's struggle to comprehend the illusions that constitute society.' Ben intends to continue writing fiction alongside his growing interest in film and screenwriting.

General Fields

  • : 9781775535522
  • : Random House New Zealand Ltd
  • : Vintage New Zealand
  • : March 2014
  • : 234mm x 153mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : March 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ben Atkins
  • : Paperback
  • : 1st Edition
  • : Near Fine
  • : 255