Paddy Richardson tells me that Valerie Grayland, a writer from the 60s I had never heard of, had a detective called Hoani Mata. So, probably Maori.
Friday, March 8, 2013
A friend of a friend in Oz is writing something academic about indigenous crime fiction – both the authors and the cops in the novels – and has asked for information about Maori writers/cops. On my list I have Alan Duff as crime writer – I’d classify One Night Out Stealing as a crime novel, and maybe the whole Once Were Warriors sequence – and also the Maori cops in Paul Thomas and Gaelyn Gordon.
Does anyone know of any other Maori writers or police characters who fit the bill? There is no reward offered apart from the eternal gratitude of my friend’s friend.