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Book Title: The Dying Trade|
The author of the book: Peter Corris
Date of issue: April 12th 1986
ISBN 13: 9780449130308
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 551 KB
Read full description of the books The Dying Trade:For a change Private Investigator Cliff Hardy didn’t have a hangover – he had run out of booze and with it being a Sunday, he was unable to buy more. So come Monday morning he was clear-headed and minus the usual headache. When he received the telephone call from a man calling himself Bryn Gutteridge who wanted to employ his investigative skills, Hardy was bemused. He hadn’t had a client in awhile, so cash was a little tight – this could be worth his while. Meeting with the wealthy Gutteridge, he ascertained that blackmail of his sister seemed to be the problem. Or was it?
As Hardy began his investigation he discovered secrets that had been deeply hidden for years; then learning of the suicide of Mark Gutteridge (Bryn’s father) four years previously set off alarm bells – suddenly he was fired by Bryn but then rehired by his stepmother, Ailsa. His talk with Bryn’s sister, Susan definitely didn’t go well – she was also hiding something. Was anyone telling the truth in this twisted and strange case?
As the danger escalated, Hardy found himself on the receiving end – he had one friend in the police force, but that was the extent of it. He needed to find some answers and quickly before the body count became too high. But the horrors were set to continue until a shocking confrontation turned everything upside down…
I have only read one other Cliff Hardy mystery – Comeback – so thought I’d go back to the beginning. Written in 1980, The Dying Trade is different to today’s writing but still enjoyable. The drinking (to excess), smoking (also to excess) Hardy is a character in his own right. I can see why the author has had phenomenal success with this series. Definitely recommended.
Read information about the authorPeter Corris’s first novel was published in 1980 and he has been a full time writer since 1982. Through the 1950s, 60s and 70s, the Australian crime story was in the hands of writers producing mass market pulp novelettes, chief among them being Alan Yates (Carter Brown). Although written in Australia, these stories usually had pseudo American or British settings. Peter Corris is credited with reviving the fully-fledged Australian crime novel with local settings and reference points and with a series character firmly rooted in Australian culture - Cliff Hardy.
Peter Corris hopes that his latest non-crime book, The Journal of Fletcher Christian, will find a wide audience and underline his credentials as an historical novelist. Inevitably, this thoroughly researched book will be seen as a circling back to his earlier career as a Pacific historian and a journalist with an interest in Pacific affairs, but as Corris has said, "there is no better training for a novelist than history and journalism."
Peter Corris was born in Stawell, Victoria in 1942. When he was five his family left the country for Melbourne and he was educated at Melbourne High School and the University of Melbourne. After taking a Master's degree at Monash University and a PhD at the Australian National University (both in History), he was an academic, teaching and researching in various universities and a College of Advanced Education until 1975 when he gave up academia for journalism. He was literary editor of The National Times, 1980-81. He has travelled and lived for short periods in the Pacific, Britain, Europe and the USA. His interests are reading and writing, weight training, golf (which he plays off a very high handicap), swimming and films. He is married to writer Jean Bedford and they have three daughters. He lives in Sydney.
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