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Introduction by Michael Robotham
Winner, Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction, 1996
‘When I hear the word culture I think excellence and I think access…’
I wasn’t sure where this was going, but at least he wasn’t reaching for his revolver.
Murray Whelan, hero of Stiff, is back at his richly futile best in The Brush-Off. When the body of an artist is fished from the moat outside the National Gallery, Murray—political minder, brushed-off lover and art buff on the make—goes looking for the big picture. If he can put the fix in, he might have a chance of staying employed. The second adventure in Shane Maloney’s series brilliantly mixes high art with low blows.
‘Wickedly funny…a cultural caper about the politics of art and the art of politics from Australia’s top crime writer. The Brush-Off is a beaut of a book, and Shane Maloney a name to remember.’
‘A succulent, consistently funny detective story…The plot is something like John Cleese might dream up if he was drunk with Dashiell Hammett.’
‘The Brush-Off brilliantly mixes the comic and the tragic: this amusing thriller has you laughing at the moments where a gasp may be more appropriate.’
‘The funniest meanstreets-style writing on offer these days…Don’t miss this one.’
‘Maloney is top shelf.’
‘Entertaining…smart and sassy.’