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Australian writer whose best-known works include THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (1959) and THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN (1963). Although primarily a novelist, West made his reputation with CHILDREN OF THE SHADOWS (1957), a nonfiction account of the slum children of Naples. West's books have been called "religious thrillers" - they combined religion and political intrigue with an international setting and topical subjects. The author was a number of year a member of Christian Brothers before starting his career as a writer.
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