Torn Apart

Torn Apart

Book - 2010
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He's semi-retired and de-licensed, but Cliff Hardy is once again fighting for justice and tracking down evil when his cousin is brutally murdered--did the shotgun blast find its target, or was it meant for Hardy? Hardy has never been much of a family man, so when he meets his second cousin Patrick Malloy it's like being hit with a left hook to the solar plexus--Malloy is his double. Cliff and his cousin become friends and travel to attend a gathering of the Irish Travellers, the gypsy-like folk from whom they are descended. On their return, Malloy is brutally murdered--but perhaps the shotgun blast was intended for Hardy. He is semi-retired, but this investigation is personal. The plot becomes still more personal when Malloy's ex-wife, Sheila, comes onto the scene. Hardy has his own enemies and Malloy's to consider as he searches for the killer. Clues point in many directions--to Sheila's motives, to Malloy's suspect business dealings, and to his time as a mercenary in Angola. The search takes Hardy north to a paramilitary training camp and south to a meeting of Traveller descendants in Kangaroo Valley. Other players have other interests and their playing style is ruthless.
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, ©2010
ISBN: 9781742375366
Branch Call Number: CORRIS
Characteristics: 252 p. ; 18 cm


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Jan 12, 2011

This is not the best Cliff Hardy novel by Peter Corris that I have read, but still very good. I wish that more people read these books about an Australian PI (known as a Private Enquiry Agent or PEA). It takes some getting used to Aussie terms and idiom, but is some of the best crime fiction to be found anywhere in the world. The problem here is that DBRL only has a few titles and it is hard to request purchase because they are published in Australia and don't become available in the US for 11 - 13 months and library buyers won't purchase titles over a year old. So help you crime buffs, read these and request more.

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