By Peter Corris
During this new selection of brief tales, Cliff Hardy has his palms choked with homicide, embezzlement, corruption, and extra. His punches and sparse-but-rough language aid him untangle a divorce, examine the killing of a consuming blood brother, and look after a foul case of blackmail. Set in a number of seamy Sydney destinations with out scarcity of thugs, mid-morning beers, and crooked law enforcement officials, those tales exemplify the lifetime of this Australian hero—even as he struggles with ethical dilemmas, intercourse, cash, and a existence facing scummy criminals.
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He let the figure hang in the air like a balloon while he cast a look around my basic fittings. ‘How does that sound, Cliff? ’ ‘Not exactly. But, you know I do a bit of consultancy for this security firm. ’ ‘So you told me. ’ ‘It’s not much, peanuts really. ’ It was starting to sound thin. ‘To answer your question, Jerry, it looks bloody dangerous. If Sanderson wants to keep everything quiet, what plans does he have for the ones who did the job? They’d know how much money was involved and they could sing an interesting song to the tax people and the bookie licensing board.
Now I drove up to take a closer look. There were five houses, freestanding brick and tile bungalows on quarter-acre blocks. They were far from derelict and were obviously occupied, but there was enough The Big Score 26 31/1/08 4:04 PM Page 26 peter corris neglect in their appearance for them to stand out. I took note of the street name and the numbers of the houses. One displayed a ‘For Lease’ sign and I wrote down the agent’s name. Any one of them afforded a perfect view down to the parkland, the scrub and the trees.
She dismisses the idea, says he couldn’t play cards, never did, not even Snap. ’ The Big Score 34 31/1/08 4:04 PM Page 34 peter corris Carlson gave me a level stare. Okay, I don’t care to work for lawyers and, although I did a little divorce work back in the ‘Brownie and bedsheets’ days, I didn’t like it and hadn’t done any for years, ever since Lionel Murphy got a sane law through. But the situation intrigued me. Carlson grinned. ‘Viv said he thought you’d be interested. ’ Lawyers make a living by scoring points.
The Big Score: Cliff Hardy Cases (Cliff Hardy series) by Peter Corris