Tim's stuff is disappearing and not just little stuff - things like his wardrobe and clothes. When he and his best mate set up a sting to catch the thieves, he is amazed to discover it's his parents!
Night falls here in the City that never wakes up, let alone sleeps. It's 1991, and as bombs fall over Baghdad, the inhabitants of this Antipodean "Big Easy" are about to learn that February, and not April, is indeed the cruelest month.
Time to farewell Mark Throdeus - a suave politician with an uncomfortably dark secret - who's set to take a dive courtesy of his Russian Emigre wife, Svetlana.
I hereby record those events which took place in and around the city of Lazet relating to the assassination of our venerable Brother Augustin Duese in the year of the Incarnate Word, 1318. So writes Brother Bernard, an Inquisitor of Heretical Depravity, following the discovery of his superior's dismembered corpse. At a time when heresy is a heinous offence, routed out with ruthless determination, Brother Bernard is accustomed to dispensing harsh justice.
Vera Sculthorpe subsidises her pension by fortune-telling at a city tearoom. When one of her regular customers is stalked by a young man, she has the misfortune of 'seeing' his deeds.
In another part of Brisbane, a young police photographer, Senior Constable Kerry Harmer attends an incident, possibly an accident or suicide. When too many similar incidents occur, Kerry begins to suspect a serial killer is loose in the steamy river-city she loves.
In a wintry graveyard, a young man looks death in the eye and does not live to tell the secrets he holds. In Russia, the opening of a dusty archive reveals clues about a deadly game which has not yet reached its conclusion. In an isolated farmhouse, an old man is kept prisoner while his captors try to extract vital information from his rambling mind. Into this sticky web of deceit and intrigue stumbles Martin Teschmaker, a newly redundant insurance investigator who has just been deserted by his wife.
In this novel, top Australian cop Carol Ashton tracks the most elusive killer of her career. When people with no obvious connection to each other are dying in what appear to be legitimate accidents, nothing seems amiss, until Carol Ashton receives a call from a private investigator.
When Danny Canyon was forced to flee Glasgow in a hurry, he had no idea he'd land in a Melbourne meat-works. Not that he would marry a beautiful Vietnamese refugee who would carry him off to run a bar in steamy Saigon. Nor that he would have to enlist his brother to help deal with the frighteningly business-like local Mafia. But that's how it turned out.
Saigon Tea is all about brotherly love, Francis Ford Coppola, Australian small-goods, Mexican beer, Vietnamese bar girls who aren't quite what they seem and drinking vodka in the afternoon
Frankie Canyon is happy with his quiet life in Glasgow, watching the Discovery Channel and going to the pub. He once helped his brother anny save his bar from the money-grabbing mafia of Saigon and that was enough excitement to last him a lifetime. So when Danny invites Frankie and his wife Eileen to his new home in Melbourne for a relaxing summer holiday, the Canyons can't wait to get there.
Freshly removed from the Catholic clergy, Douglas Fairbanks leaves Glasgow looking for a fresh start with his new wife Kirstin. What they find on arrival in Melbourne's western suburbs in 1969 is an eclectic group of fellow immigrants who all volunteer to join Douglas's scheme to set up a brand new soccer club.
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