It's always a pleasure to see a new Cliff Hardy novel - and it's particularly a happy event given Mr Corris has had more than a bit of a run of health problems recently. It's probably no coincidence that Cliff's undergoing a quadruple heart bypass in Dead Water, given that's what seems has happened to Mr Corris recently. Anyway, looking forward to this book, and here's hoping Mr Corris is going from strength to strength healthwise.
From the Blurb:
Stripped of his private detective licence and devastated by the murder of his partner Lily Truscott, Cliff Hardy travels to the US to help Lily's brother's tilt for a world boxing title. In San Diego he suffers a heart attack and undergoes a quadruple bypass. He meets nurse Margaret McKinley, an expatriate Australian who is concerned about the disappearance in Sydney of her father - renowned geologist Dr Henry McKinley.
Hardy undertakes to investigate in association with Hank Bachelor, his former associate who now runs his own agency. It turns out that McKinley had discovered a way to tap into the massive Sydney basin acquifier, a possible solution to the city's water problems. Working with Margaret who visits Sydney, Bachelor, and his daughter, Megan, Hardy confronts an old enemy and contending forces bent on exploiting the discovery and prepared to kill for it.
Energised by the case and by his attachment to Margaret, Hardy obeys the strict rules for the restoration of his health - but in pursuing the truth and the malefactors, he makes his own rules.
I woke up in an intensive care unit in San Diego, California. It was a beautiful day - the blue sky San Diego was famous for filled the window. But any day would have been beautiful because I was alive.