Torn ApartBook - 2010
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
Branch Call Number: CORRIS
Characteristics: 252 p. ; 18 cm