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A Thing of Blood (A William Power Mystery…

A Thing of Blood (A William Power Mystery series)

by Robert Gott

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Ok. Liked the references to an older Melbourne but really didn't gell with the lead character or anyone else in the book. Maybe the mother and brother? Couldn't believe that the lead character could be so stupid and not end up in more trouble than he did. Too many loose ends. Loved the artwork on the cover. ( )
  SharonStewart | Mar 10, 2013 |
The fatally over-confident hero of Good Murder returns to pit his meagre detective skills against military intelligence, belligerent in-laws, a town full of Gis and a creepy conspiracy to bring on an Australian sectarian nightmare. Failed Shakespearean actor and would-be private detective Will Power returns to Melbourne in disgrace after his disastrous brush with theatre and murder in Maryborough. Bloodied, broken but somehow unbowed, he arrives in a town struggling under war rationing and full of cocky American soldiers, and lands squarely in the bosom of his childhood home in Carlton - a home now dominated by his sister-in-law, the odious Darlene.
But even Will's contempt is tempered when, in the early hours of the morning Darlene is kidnapped, and Will finds his mother's kitchen splattered with blood and scattered with broken crockery. Needing to escape the maternal home and the growing police investigation, Power rents a room in the spacious, Parkville home of wealthy, charismatic, and obsessively neat Paul Clutterbuck and is introduced to his strange society of bohemians, black marketeers and neanderthal henchmen. Will Power is fascinated - but before he can begin to enjoy his new home, a savage murder is discovered. Just when modesty and good sense threaten to intervene, Will realises that only he can solve the murder, the mystery of his kidnapped sister-in-law, and save the nation from impending catastrophe. A Thing of Blood is a brilliant, wry sequel which perfectly recreates the tension and fear of wartime Australia.
  mhall01 | Mar 30, 2007 |
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Power rents a room in Parkville, home of the wealthy, charismatic and obsessively neat Paul Clutterbuck and is introduced to his strange bohemian friends. Will is fascinated, but before he can begin to enjoy his new home, a savage murder is discovered.… (more)

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