Why MYSTERIES? Because that is the genre I read. Why PARADISE? Because that is where I live.
Among other things, this blog, the result of a 2008 New Year's resolution, will act as a record of books that I've read, and random thoughts.
When Cliff Hardy signs on
as a bodyguard for charismatic populist Rory O’Hara, who is about to
embark on a campaign of social and political renewal, it looks like a
tricky job - O’Hara has enemies. A murder and a kidnapping soon cause
the campaign to fall apart.
Hired to investigate the
murder, Hardy uncovers hidden agendas among O’Hara’s staff as well as
powerful political and commercial forces at work. His investigation
takes him from the pubs and brothels of Sydney to the heart of power in
Canberra and the outskirts of Darwin. There he teams up with a
resourceful indigenous private detective and forms an uneasy alliance
with the beautiful Penelope Marinos, formerly O’Hara’s PA.
A rogue intelligence agent
becomes his target and Hardy stumbles upon a terrible secret that draws
them into a violent - and disturbing - confrontation.
Peter Corris' latest episode in the Cliff Hardy series SILENT KILL shows clearly he hasn't lost his touch. He certainly is in the ranks of excellent writers of crime fiction internationally as well as on the Australian stage. As the blurb says, he is "the godfather of Australian crime fiction."
In Rory O'Hara's quest to launch a new Australian political party, Australian readers will recognise references to Clive Palmer's recent, and more successful, bid for Parliament. But someone doesn't want Rory O'Hara to succeed, and after he is injured when he is run down in the street, Cliff Hardy is employed by a backer to join the campaign and seemingly to protect Rory. Then things get really serious, and not even Cliff Hardy can prevent a murder.
So, a few thousand kilometers later, Cliff Hardy closes in on his quarry. The original financial backer of Rory's tour has dropped out, but new money from a surprising source has employed Cliff to track down a killer. And it seems Cliff is not the only one on the trail. He will probably be doing someone else a favour.
I haven't read all the Cliff Hardy series, but I am sure fans will be glad to see that Peter Corris is still hard at work.