In his review of the Sting for the Sydney Morning Herald, Bruce Elder wrote:
It is rare for a work of nonfiction to employ the technique once known as “oblique narrative” that was used so effectively by William Faulkner in As I Lay Dying. In this gripping account of an attempt by Australian police “to crack a global drug ring”, journalist Nick McKenzie has chosen to tell the story from the viewpoint of the protagonists. Thus it becomes a collection of short, pithy, dramatic accounts that slowly build into a complex picture told through the eyes of money launderers, drug cooks, investigative journalists, boxers, bikies, politicians, Asian underworld bosses and Australian Crime Commission operatives.
The technique works brilliantly. It gives the book a breakneck forward momentum and allows a compelling story of international crime busting to unfold with the intensity of a Hollywood thriller. Growing out of an accidental drug bust, this is an account of a sting to catch the key players in a billion-dollar crime ring. To read more or buy The Sting, please go to MUP (Melbourne University Press)