In 1966 Sire Walter Springfellow, head of Australian intelligence, vanished mysteriously and without a trace. As a young constable, Scobie Malone investigated the disappearance. Years later some bones are found up in the hills which are presumed to be Sir Walter’s, and Detective Inspector Malone finds himself back on the case. His first task is to break the news to Venetia Springfellow, Sir Walter’s glamorous widow, whose ruthless ambition has made the Springfellow Corporation a hugely successful company.
Then comes news that there has been another death in the family, and one of the Springfellows is to be charged with murder. The Police Commissioner turns out to have every reason for talking a close interest in the case, but emotional involvement results in his putting unfair pressure on Scobie Malone. Always a straight cop and a decent man, Malone finds his divided loyalties extremely troubling.
"A mystery chock-a-block with Aussie color." (Publishers Weekly)
"The ever-readable Cleary is, as always, ingratiating, with wry police/con humor and sturdy plotting. Smooth and steady reading." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Great story, bad narration
A better narrator. why use a New Zealander to narrate and Australian book? The accents and pronounciations are all wrong.
Any of the Robert G Barrett books. Good local knowledge and police procedure
Shallow, wrong accent. multimple mispronounciations which just made me wince
I loved the story but just wanted the torment of the poor narration to end.
Another great book in series