Peter Doyle is an author of the novels The Big Whatever (2015) Get Rich Quick (1996), Amaze Your Friends (1998) and The Devil's Jump. His non-fiction titles include City of Shadows (2005) and Crooks Like Us, (2009) and Echo and Reverb (2005)
In the early 2000s he worked as a part time curator at the Justice & Police Museum in Sydney, where he curated the exhibitions Crimes of Passion (2002-2003) and City of Shadows: inner city crime and mayhem, 1912-1948. Due to popular demand, the City of Shadows exhibition was relaunched in 2013, and is now a permanent exhibition.
In 2013 Peter assembled the exhibition Suburban Noir at the Museum of Sydney Theme Gallery, and in 2015 curated Pulp Confidential: Quick and Dirty Australian Publishing of the 1940s and 50 at the State Library of NSW, which drew on the papers of Sydney publisher, the late Frank C. Johnson.
In 2010 Peter received a Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2018 his short film Slasher Patrol was featured in the Guardian Australia’s “Present Traces” series.
He publishes research into popular music and recording histories, forensic photography, as well as cultural histories surrounding forgotten crime and certain of the more obscure aspects of Australian popular culture.
Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011