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  • Published: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781742742304
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
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Inspector Anders And The Blood Vendetta




Marshall Browne is easily the best Australian mystery writer. Nicely sophisticated and generous-minded - Kate Jennings

Marshall Browne is easily the best Australian mystery writer. Nicely sophisticated and generous-minded - Kate Jennings

Anders is Back!

It's autumn in the E.U. and the temperature is falling in more ways than one when Inspector Anders is ordered back to Italy. Two right-wing politicians have been murdered with an identical M.O. The Government is screaming: "terrorists." It's a pre-election year and the Prime Minister wants the bemedalled terrorist-hunter on the case.

But the Milan cops are hardly welcoming, and the one-legged Anders is unhappy to return. Only the Mafia is delighted. But is it terrorists? Doggedly, Anders begins to peel back layers of falsity, as further high-level killings shock the nation. Swinging between Milan and Verona, locked into one of his exotic hunches, Anders agonises whether he is being sidetracked. Past lovers emerge, as does a new one. This is Anders' toughest assignment, and Matucci is fearful the Mafia will succeed in its Blood Vendetta.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781742742304
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the Author

Marshall Browne

Marshall Browne is the author of twelve published books of fiction. He is a sixth generation Australian and his forbear was a founder of Australia’s first bank - The Bank of NSW. For 37 years, Browne was a banker - in Australia, Hong Kong, England and Bhutan. He also served as a commando in the Australian forces, and as a paratrooper in the British forces. Several of his books have been published in the US. The Eye of the Abyss was a Gumshoe Award finalist, a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book, and one of the Australian newspaper’s Books of the Year. Browne’s Inspector Anders series is also published in the States. The Wooden Leg of Inspector Anders won a Ned Kelly Award and was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize nominee and a US Library Journal Best Book.

Marshall now lives in Melbourne with his wife Merell, an interior designer.

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Praise for Inspector Anders And The Blood Vendetta

“"In a market glutted with copycats, Marshall Browne is a refreshingly original voice." - Cleveland Plain Dealer”

“"Marshall Browne is simply one of the most significant crime writers in any genre." - Graeme Blundell, The Weekend Australian”

“"Marshall Browne is easily the best Australian mystery writer. Nicely sophisticated and generous-minded" - Kate Jennings”

““A classic locked-room mystery. Browne presents a cast of enigmatic characters, a clash of the traditional and the modern, a dogged investigator who finds poetry in chaos and despairs of a case that is like trying to grab hold of smoke” - The Adelaide Advertiser”

““E is for effort in this crisp, credible and explosive tale about a rumpled Japanese detective” - Sydney Morning Herald”

““Riveting” - Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin”

““A fine, distinctive thriller” - Townsville Bulletin”

““Browne quickly creates a dark and convincingly Kafkaesque landscape, filled with people whose strengths and weaknesses radiate credibility.” - Publishers Weekly”

““Like the shifting reality of Schmidt’s life, the changes in his character are as subtle as they are harrowing - a triumph to Browne’s clean, exacting style.” - The New York Times Book Review”

““Browne wrings exquisite tension from each subtly realized glance, thought, and hesitation, and his plot twists captivate without straining for effect, resulting in an elegant and thoroughly credible atmospheric thriller with more impact and psychological depth than the cinematic romanticism of genre-leader Alan Furst.” - Booklist”

““This is an observant, reflective book, with a hero whose self-aware intelligence is the dominating factor in what develops. The result is impressive: complex, disturbing, and intimate.” - Houston Chronicle”

““Just as Michael Dibdin’s Aurelio Zen appears to have left the Italian crime-fighting scene for good, along comes a writer from Australia to happily jump in and fill the gap with a great deal of style and imagination.” - Chicago Tribune”

““This dazzling mystery debut... should win an admiring audience. The author’s Italian setting is a cesspool of despair and evil with only a small flame of hope flickering. Readers will root for Inspector Anders to return to nurture that flame.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)”

“"Like the shifting reality of Schmidt's life, the changes in his character are as subtle as they are harrowing, a triumph to Browne's clean, exacting style." - New York Times Book Review”

“"One of the most promising new mystery series in recent memory." - Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune”

““This thinking man's cop is the most socially aware detective to come out of Europe since Nicolas Freeling's Henri Castang - Welcome." - Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review”

““Slow, cautious, weary, hurting, nerve-wracked and reticent (Anders) sticks simply to his job, which is to search, sift and discriminate between suspicion and evidence. He seems to live on coffee, pills and professionalism, and the diet agrees with him. He shoots straight." - Eugene Weber, Los Angeles Times”


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