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Introduced by Lindsay Tanner My heart pumped hard and fast, fed by the jitter of adrenaline coursing through my veins. This was getting beyond a joke...... Don't you just hate it when somebody tries to kill you and you don't know who or why? There's a corpse in the freezer at Pacific Pastoral meat-packing works in Melbourne's outer suburbs. Trust Murray Whelan - minder, fixer and general dogsbody for the Minister for Industry - to sort this mess out. With Stiff, his first novel, Shane Maloney not only created an iconic character, but transformed political intrigue into irresistible comedy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 22mm | 220g
  • Text Publishing Co
  • Text Classics
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1921922257
  • 9781921922251
  • 197,016

About Shane Maloney

A Former male model and GQ Bachelor of the Year, Shane Maloney is currently a member of an order of Burmese monks. His short stories have never been published.
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`Maloney pokes fun at almost everything, revelling in words that showcase ludicrous events and behaviour. And Murray as a caring but totally unhandy and terminally horny single (almost) parent only broadens the satire. A rewarding and entertaining read.' * Library Journal * `Whelan is a born politico: a breezy, know-it-all wiseacre with a glad hand and a seductively confiding tone of voice.' * Seattle Times * `The pure pleasure of Maloney's book lies in being plunged so thoroughly into the complicated byways of Australian politics...a fast-paced, fresh, unerringly funny book...Murray is a great creation, one that takes the wisecracking wise guy into a whole new realm.' * Houston Chronicle * `Deep and subtle verities...Maloney is a writer who seems to have been sitting on a thousand observations now unleashed.' * Sunday Age * `Maloney is terrific, a writer who brings to the prose of pulp fiction the stateliness and beserkness of the best Australian comedy...he could be the Australian Chandler...[Stiff] may well become a cult book.' -- Peter Craven * Age * `Shane Maloney's debut novel Stiff...juxtaposes bursts of high drama against the hyper-normality of suburban life. Funny and gripping...' * Rolling Stone * `A deft comedy...Murray Whelan steers a clapped-out Renault and a wonderful naivete...Maloney, like his hero, has a nice gruff way with language and an open and rapidly moving eye.' -- Graeme Blundell * Australian * `Action packed...reminiscent of the best of Hammond Innes...Read it, you'll love it. We want more from Maloney.' * Courier Mail * `Stiff is a murder mystery within a gritty political thriller, disguised as light comedy, all told with a remarkably deft touch...The dialogue is snappy throughout.' * Melbourne Weekly * `Stiff is hilarious. Shane Maloney has a wicked tongue...He has a fine talent for observation and an excellent sense of taste...This book is tightly plotted and the ending is a surprise. It is a witty, controversial, intelligent book, both genuinely frightening and genuinely funny. A rare combination.' -- Kerry Greenwood * Herald Sun *
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446 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 22% (96)
4 42% (187)
3 29% (131)
2 6% (26)
1 1% (6)
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