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Summer In The City Murray Whelan Is In The Undergrowth Of The Botanic Gardens Having A Romantic Encounter With The Delicious Salina Fleet Meanwhile, Across The Park, The Body Of A Disgruntled Artist Is Being Fished Out Of The Public Art Gallery S Ornamental Moat Whelan, Political Spin Doctor And Artless Lover, Must Ensure There Is No Fallout For His Boss, And In The Process Stumbles Upon A Scam To Swindle The Tax Payer, A Forgery Racket And Three Beautiful Women As Whelan Is Drawn Ever Deeper Into This Tangled Web, His Childhood Nemesis Lurks Menacingly On The Edge Of The Action, And People Are Dropping Like Flies

10 thoughts on “The Brush Off

  1. says:

    Dear Shane Maloney You and Murray Whelan make me happy Please come to my house for tea and vegan scones Ange.Dear reader Shane Maloney is brill Read him Not for the crime, not for the politics, but purely for the hilarious turn of phrase which he employs to give life and laughter to his novels From an opening scene of sexual possibilities comedically placed in a moonlit public garden, to a farcical incident in a basement involving an empty pool, a window, and a wetsuit on stilts, the protagonist fights his way through political intrigue, shady corruptions, murder, custodial responsibility and snake bites to entertain and amuse even the most bored of fiction fans.Being the second Maloney novel I ve read, the basic blueprint is reminiscent of the series debut But the writing has graduated and proves tighter and well edited, while still remaining easily accessible and fantastically interesting The Brush Off is set in Melbourne with a strong emphasis on our weather, our culture, and our colourful political situations The author himself is very witty and, having seen him speak at several festivals, is just as dry and opinionated as he comes across in his books It is certainly an advantage to be Melbournian as the references fell on well lubricated ears eyes , but like other reviewers I wondered how engaging it was for those who reside elsewhere Needless to point out, I enjoyed this book so much I wanted to hop straight into bed with the next one.Recommended especially to Melbournites

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    The Murray Whelan series is laugh out loud stuff Shane Maloney s colloquialisms give Murray an almost slapstick quality as he bumbles his innocent way through what his role as ministerial advisor to Victorian State ALP MP, Angelo Agnelli throws at him.Following a cabinet reshuffle, Agnelli is moved to the Water and Arts portfolio thrusting his able sidekick Murray into the cut throat and murderous world of the Melbourne arts community Dealing with forged paintings, conspiracies involving prominent members of the government s arts policy committees and some fun romantic interludes, Murray barely gets out alive.This is one of the funniest crime novels I ve had the pleasure of reading and look forward to continuing rooting for Murray reading the rest of this brilliantly realised comic creations Highly recommended

  3. says:

    Murray Whelan is works for an Australian politician as an advisor When his boss is moved to a less prestigious cabinet post, Murray goes along for the ride He stumbles into a series of murders and corruption as he represents his boss at an Arts Department function.

  4. says:

    Very funny, extremely clever writing style That said, overall it left me a bit cold I never felt really involved in the story or cared that much about what would happen This tends to be my reaction to most crime fiction, which makes me think it s just not my genre.

  5. says:

    Another amusing read from Shane Maloney that kept me guessing whodunnit to near the end I enjoy the setting in Melbourne and the interweaving of ALP politics as it lightens the tone, particularly when the bodies and suspects start to pile up.

  6. says:

    Murray Whelan is back This time he s up to his neck in forged art, pretentious arty darlings you know the ones with the big red glasses , a mysterious death, an old school bully, shonky business men, fanciable women will Murray get lucky and a giant octopus

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    I first read Shane Maloney back in 2008, my HSC year Our teacher was trying to think of some Aussie crime writers for us to read, and his name popped up I came back to it this year, during a crime fiction binge, and how glad I am that I did There s something so comforting about the Murray Whelan novels Murray is a political fixer who quite literally stumbles into crimes, seems to have no heroic agency whatsoever, but a sense of humour and obliviousness that carries him through this novel with great eclat Although the first murder occurs within the first few pages, Murray doesn t pick up on it until maybe halfway through the book, and definitely doesn t twig as to motive or anything so mundane until much later It says a lot for Maloney s writing that in the midst of all this basic incompetence, he keeps you gripped to the page The humour helps The octopus scene alone is worth reading for.Nothing really bad seems to happen in these novels There s no 21st century hysteria, no crises, no conspiracies Even the government and the police force is presented as essentially lovable and bumbling It s also a very local novel doesn t move beyond Melbourne, which is a plus as Maloney is so good at writing Melbourne So, a toast to Maloney for a seriously enjoyable book and onto the next Aussie crime writer, Peter Temple

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    I felt like I was watching a sitcom reading this, quite a few amusing gags not quite laugh out loud calibre The protagonist Murray Whelan is a likeable enough guy, and I like the fact that he is somewhat unsuccessfully balancing parental duties with his job I also enjoyed the Melbourne setting and window into Ministerial staffers and the art world The pretentious art speak is fun to hear eg a brutal deconstruction of mordant realitya sundering of the constituent components of antipodean materiality Plain English not Crime isn t really something that grabs me and I found the twists and turns hard going, lets face it, towards the end I was just along for the ride as opposed to trying to piece it all together Overall this was enjoyable read but I probably won t be looking for Maloney books Having said that I understand that this was made into a tele movie starring David Wenham, I ll definitely look out for that.

  9. says:

    The second book in the Murray Whelan series, a witty, cynical, clever take on Aussie politics in the 80s and 90s, with bonus murders You don t need to have read the first book, but you ll have fun with the characters if you have.Loved the first book and this one is even better The story is well paced and warms up quickly Maloney pulls off a fair few artful red herrings as well as some satisfyingly curly plot twists Murray injures himself in new and increasingly funny ways Red s relationship with his father is well written.My only problem was that I kept confusing the names of Ken Sproule and Eastlake, which occasionally made me have to re read a page or two Then again, I ve been reading the book on about 2 hours sleep.Well worth a read You will laugh out loud and it s been a while since a book has made me do that.

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    The Brush Off is well plotted and paced comic crime caper, with some very good set pieces and nice observational touches about politics, the art world, family relations and the city of Melbourne Maloney writes in an easy, engaging and witty style and he clearly knows the political world which he satirizes Murray Whelan is a great creation and totally believable as a kind of hapless schemer and general feck up who manages to scrape by with a mix of charm, bluster and luck Indeed, the characterisation and the interaction between characters is first rate, each well penned, with credible dialogue The book won the Ned Kelly Prize for Crime Fiction in Australia in 1996 It s not hard to understand why I thought it was a great read