The Brush-Off (Paperback)

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    ITEM#: 15570016

    Shane Maloney, winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction, is also the author ofStiff, Nice Try, and The Big Ask. He is a newspaper columnist in Melbourne.
    Murray Whelan is the political advisor to the newly appointed minister of culture, Angelo (Tell me, Murray, what are the Arts?”) Agnelli, and he’s hanging on to his job by his toenails. On his first day, the disgruntled young artist Marcus Taylor is found dead, drowned in the ornamental moat outside the National Gallery. The police rule it a suicide, or perhaps an accident, but Murray is not so sure. Besides, this ugly incident occurred on Agnelli’s watch, so the heat is on. A born detective despite himself, Murray digs, and the deeper he goes, the more puzzling the mystery becomes. Who is this other painter, Victor Szabo, also dead, unknown in his lifetime and now the darling of the art world, with works fetching crazy pricesfunded in part by the government? And what about suave businessman and art maven Lloyd Eastlake, who is whispering financial sweet nothings in Angelo Agnelli’s ear?

    A first-rate, funny, tightly plotted thriller with the verve of Get Shorty andStriptease, The Brush-Off brings us a Down Under we hardly knew: with political scamming and art fraud, ruthless culture vultures, silky bureaucrats, and scheming self-made millionairesall brought together by a streetwise, sharp-tongued political advisor who has a knack for stumbling onto murder. His crash course in culture teaches him one thing for certain: when you dabble with death, there’s nothing abstract about a loaded gun.

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    ISBN 9781611458084
    Format Paperback
    Pages 309
    Publisher Date 2014-02-04 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Arcade Pub
    Copyright Year 2014
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.75 lb
    Language English
    Series Name Murray Whelan Mystery
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Maloney, Shane
    Country of Origin United States

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