In July Literary Lunch will be reading Joe Cinque's Consolation by Helen
Garner. In October 1997, a clever young law student at ANU made a
bizarre plan to murder her devoted boyfriend after a dinner party at their
house. Some of the dinner guests - most of them university students -
had heard rumours of the plan. Nobody warned Joe Cinque. He
died one Sunday in his own bed, of a massive dose of rohypnol and
heroin. His girlfriend and her best friend were charged with
Helen Garner followed the trials in the ACT Supreme Court.
Compassionate but unflinching, this is a book about how and why Joe
Cinque died. It probes the gap between ethics and law; examines the
helplessness of the courts in the face of what we think of as 'evil'; and
explores conscience, culpability and the battered ideal of duty of
Please RSVP to Kay if you'd like to join us!