Through her constant probing and sharp, well thought-out observations about how the legal system handles ethically complex cases such as Dunning's death, the reader will be left similarly uneasy, pondering the same grey zones McGuire cleverly highlights.
Emily Laidlaw, The Australian
a strong example of creative nonfiction, a rich mix of facts, ideas and memoir.
The Herald Sun
McGuire skillfully illuminates a netherworld run by the powerful, where the lights are dim and there are no clocks on the wall.
[McGuire is] an observant, intelligent narrator, and succeeds in being both empathetic and analytic in her exchanges...Last Bets is gripping true-crime writing. I found it an unnerving but rewarding read, and an important book: for the light it sheds on the Dunning case, and Australia’s gambling culture in general.
Stella Charls, Readings
a thoroughly researched but quite intimate account of a complicated social issue ... a thoughtful and enjoyable book.
Portia Lindsay, Books + Publishing
a refreshing intervention within debates about gambling that have become increasingly stale through ideological framing as contests between ‘Nanny state wowsers’—on one hand—and ‘greedy neoliberals’ on the other.