Jon Cleary Bleak Spring

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Bleak Spring

 
9780006476245: Bleak Spring

When local solicitor Will Rockne is found in his car by his wifeshot through the headit seems a baffling and motiveless murder. However, Scobie Malone, newly assigned to the case, has his suspicions. Despite his daughter Claires shy romance with young Jason Rockne, Scobie and his wife Lisas encounters with Will and Olive Rockne at school functions have always been a little disconcerting Will had been determined to convince them that he was more than just a suburban lawyer. But when a huge amount of cash is found in a safe in Rocknes office, Scobie discovers that he wasnt just boasting; he would seem to have been caught up in something bigbig enough to involve Bernie Bezrow, Sydneys largest bookmaker, the mysterious Shahriver offshore bank, and an elusive, undoubtedly dangerous Russian. Somewhere in this labyrinth lies the key to a ruthless murder, and Scobie is determined to pursue it to the end until his investigation is thwarted by an unexpected source and he is met with a wall of deceit and evasiveness. To break it down will demand all of his skills and experience and will put the lives of young Claire and Jason in terrible danger.

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Jon Stephen Cleary (1917–2010) was an Australian writer and novelist. He wrote numerous books, including The High Commissioner, the first of a long series of popular detective novels featuring Sydney police inspector Scobie Malone. Several of his works have been adapted for television and film.

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Veteran author Cleary's Australian Inspector Scobie Malone of Sydney's police force (Dark Summer, etc.) is grappling with the murder of small-time lawyer Will Rockne, shot in his car in the parking lot of a local beach club, his wife, Olive, only yards away. Rockne's office safe turns up ten thousand in cash and a personal bank account in the millions. His young secretary confesses to one salacious weekend with her boss--a fact that appears more upsetting to Rockne's 18-year-old son Jason than to Olive, whose chief support seems to be high-powered lawyer Angela Bodalle. Tracking the source of Rockne's fortune uncovers connections to a bank with branches in very exotic locales, to wealthy bookie Bernie Bezrow, and to a mysterious car salesman with several aliases, one of them Dostoyevsky. There are more killings before a final confrontation, with hostages, seals the fate of the money and the killer. A steadily absorbing plot with some untraditional facets, a clutch of well-drawn characters and a detective who continues to be warm, intelligent, and unsmug make Bleak Spring one of Cleary's best. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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