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Dead Set

by Kel Robertson

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The Hon. Tracey Dale, Australia's Minister for Immigration (ALP) has been murdered in her Canberra apartment. She was the author of Australia's current immigration policy: the Compassionate Australia Program, which has recently resulted in significant increase in Australia's refugee intake. Some believe her death is the work of terrorists, or at the very least racists. Federal Australian Police Detective Inspector Brad Chen is returning from sick leave of 3 months, and this is his first case back. Some would see him as a man with many handicaps: still on crutches after being knocked down by a car, an Australian-Chinese with Chinese appearance but unmistakeable Australian accent, addicted to pain killers of the worst sort, and named after a cricketer. DEAD SET is almost a political thriller as much as a murder mystery. Set in Canberra and Melbourne. As Chen's investigation proceeds, the list of suspects grows, and others die. Tracey Dale ignored a time bomb, something that spelled political ruin for her. A debut novel for Kel Robertson.
In the long run, the threads didn't hold together too well for me. I think there were too many strands. I wonder what non-Australians would make of the political references etc. ( )
  smik | Sep 16, 2007 |
Inspector Brad Chen and his beautiful assistant, Malone, keep finding bodies, but how are these killings connected to the murder of the Minister for Immigration? Chen's unshakeable belief that there is a connection threatens his friendships, his credibility and his career.
  mhall01 | Mar 30, 2007 |
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Even with a hangover, some of the classic side effects of narcotic abuse, and a left leg encased in plaster, I was a whole lot better off than Tracey Dale. She had a plastic bag over her head, at least one large dent in the back of her skull and a metal coat-hanger wound so tight around her neck that it corrugated the skin.… (more)

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