The Third Murray Whelan Adventure
When Murray Whelan, lovelorn political minder and part-time fitness fanatic, is recruited to massage Australia’s bid for the Olympics he has no idea how tough the going will get.
Not even the sight of the gorgeous Holly Deloite in her taut blue leotard at the City Club can stop him diving head first into trouble. And, when the death of the young Aboriginal athlete Darcy Anderson proves that murder is a contact sport, Murray is soon breaking all the rules.
Mixing it with a savvy black activist, a body-building psychopath and the enigmatic Dr Phillipa Knox, Murray jumps the gun every time.
‘To the list that contains Charles Willeford’s Florida Keys, Jim Thompson’s West Texas, Pete Dexter’s Philadelphia, James Crumley’s Montana and Carl Hiaasen’s Miami, you can add Shane Maloney’s Melbourne. Maloney has created a fictional city that contains the best of the real and the not quite real…There is an organic finish that is as hilarious as it is immensely satisfying. I can’t think of anyone…not enjoying this book.’
‘One of the most outrageously funny voices in modern detective fiction…Shane Maloney’s prose is more than a ‘nice try’ at combining social and political satire with the conventions of the crime novel. It’s spot on.’
‘Shane Maloney has proven himself one of the most stylish adaptors of crime fiction on the Australian scene. His Murray Whelan thrillers are written in a sparkling, zesty prose.’
‘Whelan [is] one of Australian crime-fiction’s most attractive characters, and Maloney one of the genre’s most gifted writers.’
‘Nice Try gets a big tick: it is an incisively-observed, funny and often hairy ride through Melbourne’s recent past…With this book Maloney confirms his rank as the comic thriller exponent nonpareil.’
‘Maloney is quick with the vernacular and draws comic characters with relish.’