: Mystery and Suspense
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.....All are unabridged and narrated by Peter Hosking. .....All are encoded at 48 kbps Mono, Fraunhofer CBR MP3. .....All are from CD quality sources except the five that are noted.
.....Meet Cliff Hardy. Smoker, drinker, ex-boxer and private investigator who has become an enduring Australian literary legend. He's the anti-hero of over thirty-seven novels - but these are also a long love letter to the seamy side of the city of Sydney itself.
#01. Aftershock (1991).Cassettes
When Oscar Bach's body is found crushed under the rubble, his death is classified as another tragic statistic of the 1989 Newcastle earthquake (one of Australia's most serious natural disasters). So how could he have been seen alive five minutes after the quake? Oscar's quiet life was not all that it appeared to be.
He was a man with no apparent past. But something and someone has caught up with him now, and they are trying to stop Cliff Hardy finding the answers. Hardy thought he needed the work, but did he need it this badly?
#02. Wet Graves (1991).
Someone's trying to cancel Cliff Hardy's licence, and he needs to find out why. He also has to work out why the case of missing schoolteacher Brian Madden keeps leading him back over fifty years to the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Finding the answers takes all his contacts - police, underworld and press - and keeps Hardy moving across Sydney, asking questions, probing the past... and finding the bodies!
#03. Beware of the Dog (1992).
Cliff Hardy rubs elbows with Sydney's blue bloods in his latest case, involving murder threats received by a woman filing for divorce. The clues explode when the Australian private eye stumbles upon the high society husband and his mistress--just as the house bursts into a fireball.
Now Cliff is fighting for his life on a trail guarded by a snarling dog and smoldering family ties.
#04. Burn: And Other Stories (1993). Cassettes.
This collection of stories finds Cliff Hardy in his usual milieu of inner Sydney, mixing with the good, the bad and the quirky, as he works on his cases.Always on the outside, but his sympathies with the underdog,
Hardy's cases are never what they seem and his solutions are not always what the client expects.
#05. Matrimonial Causes (1993). Cassettes.
Divorce cases are part of a private investigator's bread and butter, and Cliff Hardy has had his share. This case, though, has a lot more than matrimonial squabbles - add in some perjury, fraud and murder to the mix. Crooked cops, lawyers and a call girl complete the collection,
all making for a tough, and dangerous, puzzle for Hardy to try to solve while keeping his private investigator's licence, and his skin, intact.
#06. Casino (1994). Cassettes.
Cliff Hardy is flattered to be offered the job as head of security at the new Sydney casino. But the thought of office hours and wearing a suit put him off and he refuses in favour of his friend, Scot Galvani.
When Galvani is murdered and the police are indifferent and the widow pleads with Hardy to help, how can he refuse? In the course of his investigation he takes the job at the casino, meets the attractive but unpredictable Vita Drewe and adds to his list of enemies.
Galvani's killers are closer to home than Hardy anticipated; his life is on the line and so is his relationship with Glen Withers.
#07. Forget Me If You Can: Cliff Hardy Stories (1997). Cassettes
Even when he's not involved in a major case, PI Cliff Hardy's life is far from routine. In these stories a whistle-blower is himself betrayed, a son turns against his father, brothers feud, men are harassed by women, and things are never quite what they seem.
Whether on the familiar streets of Sydney or out of town, Hardy's cases don't always have tidy endings - and sometimes he has to take the law into his own hands.
#08. The Washington Club (1997).
Claudia Fleischman is beautiful, rich, intelligent... and has just been charged with the murder of her developer husband. Hardy, hired to look into the background of the case, is soon up to his neck in trouble.
When his car is blown up and then a friend is killed, Cliff finds himself with a personal stake in the action. His investigations introduce him to the shadowy world of corporate high-fliers at Sydney's exclusive Washington Club,
and bring him into contact with loose canon 'Haitch' Henderson and his soft but unpleasant pimp of a son, Noel. In one of his grittiest cases ever, Hardy has to take drastic action before the peices fall into place and very rough justice is seen to be done.
#09. The Reward (1998.)
With his PEA licence restored and strapped for cash, Cliff Hardy is reluctantly drawn into a scheme to claim the reward on a 17-year-old abduction case. Hardy is distracted by a hot new lover, but when one of the schemers ends up dead, the case gets his full attention.
Who paid the cops to suppress the ransom note and how come they're always one step ahead of Hardy?
#10. The Black Prince (1999).
They called him the Black Prince. Southwestern Uni's top athlete, Clinton seemed to have it all: he was destined for sporting stardom and lucky in love - then it all went terribly wrong. Now Clinton won't rest until he's avenged his girlfriend's death.
He's after the dealer who sold Angie bad steroids and nothing's going to get in his way. Can Cliff Hardy find him before he ends up on a murder charge - or dead? The trail leads the Sydney PI all the way to an Aboriginal community in Far North Queensland and back to the shadowy world of illegal boxing.
#11. The Other Side of Sorrow (1999).
Corruption, murder and a missing girl: routine for Cliff Hardy - except this time it's personal. Cliff Hardy is stunned to get a phone call from his ex-wife Cynthia. It's been over 20 years since she last shouted she never wanted to see him again... and she was never a woman to change her mind.
But that surprise is nothing to the bombshell Cynthia is about to drop. Dying of cancer, she's desperate to get in contact with the daughter she gave up for adoption - and the daughter in question, she confesses, is Cliff's! A shocked but sceptical Cliff agrees to search for their missing daughter.
But this is never going to be a straightforward investigation...
#12. Lugarno (2001).
When it's only 24 hours into a new case and PI Cliff Hardy's already been heavied, you know that the job is going to get his full attention. Cliff has been hired by high-flying consultant Martin Price to find out who's been supplying heroin to Price's teenage daughter,
who in turn has got her beautiful young stepmother hooked.
#13. Salt and Blood (2002).
An old flame, Glen Withers, has come back into Cliff Hardy's life - but this time it's strictly business. Former policewoman Glen is now a PI too, and with a much classier clientele than Cliff's - she's been told 'money's no object' by her latest, a wealthy family from Sydney's eastern suburbs.
Together, Cliff and Glen take on the case of Rodney St John Harkness, recent inmate of a mental institution and a recovering alcoholic with a murky, possibly murderous, history. But Glen is also a recovering alcoholic - and the combination proves disastrous.
When Rod and Glen vanish, Hardy finds himself in a race against time to untangle Harkness' tortured past and find the pair. The trail leads up to the central coast and some of Sydney's best known beaches. Will Cliff be in time, or will the 'salty tang of blood' fill the air?
#14. Saving Billie (2006).
When journalist Louise Kramer hires Cliff Hardy to find Billie Marchant, Hardy heads for unfamiliar territory of the far southwestern suburbs of Sydney. Billie claims to have information about media big-wheel Jonas Clement - the subject of an incriminating expose by Kramer.
Clement doesn't want Billie found and Clement's enemies want to find her first. Hardy tracks Billie down, but 'saving Billie' means not only rescuing her, it means saving her from herself. Billie, ex-stripper, sometime hooker and druggie, is a handful.
Hardy gets help from members of the Pacific islander community and others, but the enemies close in and he is soon fighting on several different fronts. Clement and his chief rival, Barclay Greaves, have heavies in the field, and Hardy has to negotiate his way through their divided loyalties.
Some negotiations involve cunning but others involve guns. The action takes place against the backdrop of the Federal election campaign, and all outcomes are uncertain...
#15. Appeal Denied (2008.)
Stripped of his investigator's license, Cliff Hardy faces an uncertain future when something personal happens that provokes him into his best role: a confrontational investigator with a taste for violence and no regard for his lost credentials. Taking and dealing out punishment,
mostly in Sydney's exclusive suburbs, Hardy encounters degenerate cops, bereft wives, and computer challenges. In a shadowy showdown at a chic Sydney beach, Hardy challenges those in his way, but his future remains even more clouded than before.
An internationally loved yet reluctant hero, Hardy struggles to sort out corruption from loyalty as he tries to determine his future as an Aussie investigator...
Thank you Peter and a happy new year to you.
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