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Taking Care of Business : Cliff Hardy : Book 28 - Peter Corris

Taking Care of Business

Cliff Hardy : Book 28

Paperback Published: 1st December 2004
ISBN: 9781741144192
Number Of Pages: 240

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'The godfather of Australian crime fiction.'

I was starting to get interested. As someone who thinks stockmarkets, futures trading and currency speculation ought to be illegal, I was aware that I was radically out of step with the times. I dimly grasped what Marriott was saying, enough to understand that it sounded like being allowed into the mint with a U-haul van.'

Cliff Hardy is no financial genius. But in Taking Care of Business he pursues white collar crime with the same doggedness he applies to his more downmarket villains.

Hardy's tasks are many and his clients are from all walks of life. He is minder for Thomas Whitney, the highly strung whistle blower, whose company is siphoning money off through Vanuatu. He is hired by computer genius Charles Marriott, whose shady dot com partner wants control of the business and is letting nothing and no one get in his way. And ever keen for some spare cash, he even takes a case from Spiro, his local florist, whose son seems to be involved in some very dodgy business involving tobacco and big bucks.

This collection of stories featuring Australia's favourite PI is fast-paced and entertaining. It reads in the best Corris style.

Hardy is a wonderful creation still, under Corris's magisterial narrative control, capable of those odd echoes and resonances, the elegiac interludes that characterise the best crime writing.' Graeme Blundell, The Weekend Australian

There has been no more efficient, entertaining and amusing writer of detective thrillers in Australia than Peter Corris.' The Age

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"'Hardy is a wonderful creation still, under Corris's magisterial narrative control, capable of those odd echoes and resonances, the elegiac interludes that characterise the best crime writing.' Graeme Blundell, The Weekend Australian 'There has been no more efficient, entertaining and amusing writer of detective thrillers in Australia than Peter Corris.' The Age"

ISBN: 9781741144192
ISBN-10: 1741144191
Series: CLIFF HARDY
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st December 2004
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1

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Peter Corris

About the Author


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 married writer Jean Bedford and they have three daughters. He lived in Sydney until his death in August 2018. Corris was posthumously awarded the inaugural Danger Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

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