Robert G. Barrett was raised in Sydney's Bondi, where he worked mainly as a butcher. After 30 years he moved to Terrigal on the Central Coast of New South Wales. Robert has appeared in a number of films and TV commercials but prefers to concentrate on his writing career.
Those already familiar with the Les Norton novels of Robert G Barrett will know just what to expect from the big, redheaded Queenslander and his creator, the Bondi butcher turned bestselling novelist. For the uninitiated, Les Norton is perhaps best described as a sort of bogan James Bond. But where Bond served the crown, Les just looks out for Les. Norton thinks nothing of hitting a man when his back is turned, or indeed continuing the attack while his opponent is down. He calmly watches a man beaten unconscious with a lead pipe without feeling inclined to help, and quietly excuses himself from the room while a lecherous mate is attempting to molest the woman Les himself has just slept with. If this sounds like the plot of a particularly grim crime noir, you may be surprised to hear that Barrett is considered a humorist. The events described above are relayed in offhand, casual prose littered with bad puns and fart jokes. The sales figures attest that there is a huge market out there for these books, but I wouldn't recommend this one to anyone who didn't ask for it outright. Beau Taylor works for Pulp Fiction Booksellers in Brisbane