Peter Corris was born in Stawell, Victoria in 1942. When he was five his family left the country for Melbourne and he was educated at Melbourne High School and the University of Melbourne. After taking a Master's degree at Monash University and a PhD at the Australian National University (both in History), he was an academic, teaching and researching in various universities and a College of Advanced Education until 1975 when he gave up academia for journalism. He was literary editor of The National Times, 1980-81. He has travelled and lived for short periods in the Pacific, Britain, Europe and the USA.
The Washington Club takes Cliff Hardy, Australia's favourite PI, to the edge. He might never work again Claudia Fleischman is beautiful, rich, itelligent... and has just been charged with the murder of her developer husband.
Hardy, hired to look into the background of the case, is soon up to his neck in trouble. When his car is blown up and then a friend is killed, Cliff finds himself with a personal stake in the action. His investigations introduce him to the shadowy world of corporate high-fliers at Sydney's exclusive Washington Club and bring him into contact with loose canon 'Haitch' Henderson and his soft but unpleasant pimp of a son, Noel.
In one of his grittiest cases ever, Hardy has to take drastic action before the peices fall into place and very rough justice is seen to be done.