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Winter Chill by Jon Cleary
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Winter Chill (1995)

by Jon Cleary

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It begins one rainy dawn: Orville Brame, prominent lawyer and president of the American Bar Association, is found shot through the heart, slumped in a monorail, silently circling downtown Sydney. The next day, the body of a security guard is fished out of the harbor. During the ensuing investigation, a talented rookie cop is ruthlessly gunned down. The trail Inspector Scobie Malone uncovers leads to betrayal-betrayal between brothers, when jealousy causes estrangement and murder, and betrayal between countrymen, when cynicism triumphs over patriotism and sparks a multimillion-dollar international intrigue.… (more)

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In this novel, Scobie Malone is investigating the death of the president of the American Bar Association who was in Sydney for a conference with a thousand other lawyers. When the person who found the body and one of Malone's team are also murdered, the job becomes much more challenging. It's an interesting look at an Australian police investigation with an American interest, all wrapped up with the appealing Scobie Malone.

It's no surprise that the Scobie Malone mysteries were penned by a giant of Australian books and movies. His first important work was The Sundowners (1951), made into an acclaimed movie in 1960 starring Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum. ( )
1 vote VivienneR | Feb 26, 2019 |
#12 in Jon Cleary's Scobie Malone series, CID police procedurals set in Sydney, that reflect current events such as the building of the Sydney Opera House and the holding of the Sydney Olympics.

Against the background of an international conference for lawyers being held in Sydney, an American lawyer who turns out to have been born in Australia is killed. His body is discovered on the monorail and then the security guard who discovered the body is murdered.

There's quite a bit of human interest in the story too. Scobie Malone has two teenage children and his wife discovers she has breast cancer. Scobie Malone is a principled detective who believes in thorough investigative techniques.

A good story made even better by the excellent narration of Christian Rodska.Quite an intricate plot. ( )
  smik | Nov 25, 2012 |
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