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The Trojan Dog: A Mystery (Sandra Mahoney #1)

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I should ask your department's accountant whether he's missing nine hundred thousand bucks

This is the anonymous message that changes Sandra Mahoney's life

After taking time off to raise her young son, Sandra Mahoney is nervously re-entering the working week. When a powerful Australian bureaucrat-and friend of her dead mother-offers her a position, she leaps at the chance. T
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Minotaur Books (first published 2000)
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Katharina Gerlach
This is an extremely well written book with lovely language. The author has a good grasp on descriptions that create pictures in my mind. I loved to see Australia through they eyes of an Aussie, although I struggled with the concept of it being warmer in the North and summer being in December. The characters were mostly believable and well rounded with the exception of the main character. I found her strangely lacking in emotion which was especially jarring since she was the narrator of the stor ...more
Daphne
This book's biggest crime for me was the lousy portrayal of computer viruses. No, they do not cause the words on your screen to fall down to the bottom. No, they do not actually show you pictures of worms. It just isn't plausible.

The second biggest crime was not giving me anyone to root for. The narrator is trying to defend this one woman named Rae. Everyone dislikes Rae and the narrator isn't even that fond of her. Sure she reminds the narrator of her dead mother -- but the narrator didn't real
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Darlene Cruz
You want to read about computer viruses, techies, stolen money and distrust, talk in metaphors, ooh Australian slang then this book is for you. Sandra with her new job and a son who can't read well and a husband whose job takes him away from them and a new job that keeps her on her toes with all the above things I mentioned. I was waiting for the story to grab me in but it didn't, sorry! I kept reading and soon got caught up in it. I'm not saying this book is not good, it was well written but th ...more
Bookvetter 4
Newly hired Sandra Mahoney’s boss, Rae Evans, head of service industries branch of Industrial Relations, admits to donating a payment to Access Computing. She thought the company deserved the donation. The check is paid to Angela Carlishaw, Director of Access Computing. An unknown woman who on sabbatical in Scotland and unreachable. Who is this unknown person that has not surfaced? The payment was sent to her company. Does she exist?

Sandra wants to prove Rae innocent.
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Bookvetter 6
While the author is a skillful writer with a strong command of language who is adept at creating rich imagery, being able to visualize the setting and maintain a strong sense of place do not compensate for poor character development or disappointing technological detail. I never achieved any emotional involvement or empathy for the protagonist who I saw as trashy, impulsive and immoral. I have no interest whatsoever in reading anything further about Sandra Mahoney. The strange title, mysterious ...more
Bookvetter 1
The Trojan Dog is primarily a literary novel on the subject of cyber-crime rather than a crime novel. The prose is lyrical and peppered with beautiful descriptions, such as ‘…swirls of fog sat on the hard ground like a congregation of bad-tempered ghosts.’

However, if you want a fast-paced thriller, this won’t be the book for you. All the elements of the genre are there, a host of suspects, love interest, and a disbelieving detective. I didn’t mind the slower pace, but I felt there was far too mu
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Bookvetter 2
This is an extremely well written book with lovely language. The author has a good grasp on descriptions that create pictures in my mind. I loved to see Australia through they eyes of an Aussie, although I struggled with the concept of it being warmer in the North and summer being in December. The characters were mostly believable and well rounded with the exception of the main character. I found her strangely lacking in emotion which was especially jarring since she was the narrator of the stor ...more
Sammy
Uh, yeah... really didn't like this book. She didn't really stick to detail and attention with characters because near the end of the book the characters began acting very much out-of-character. I was confused half the time with all the computer talk and political talk... mix that in with a poor investigator that keeps messing up and the death of my uncle, I could just not focus on this book. That's why it took me so long to read it.

I'm not going to talk a lot about this book, 'cause yeah, I don
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Bookvetter 5
The characters in "The Trojan Horse" are quirky, likeable (at least most of them), and well developed. The book has a dry, subtle humor that underlines most of the dialogue. As a psychological novel, the book is acceptable.

As a mystery, however, I would not recommend it. It is slow moving and dull. Perhaps it is a mystery written for a more nuanced culture than my own, but I don't think it would sell well in the U.S. as a mystery.
Bookvetter 3
This book was very easy to get into and held my interest the entire way through. Although the oddness of some of the characters had me a bit puzzled early on, once further into the story the reasons for their behaviors became more clear.

This is not an action-packed book, but rather a thoughtful, meandering mystery, ending at a solid and satisfying conclusion. I would read further books in this series.
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Dorothy Johnston is the author of nine novels, including a quartet of detective novels set in Canberra. The first of these, The Trojan Dog, was joint winner ACT Book of the Year, and the Age gave it their ‘Best of 2000’ in the crime section. It was published in Australia by Wakefield Press and in the United States by St Martin’s Press. The second, The White Tower, was also published in Australia a ...more
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“What have I kept of Rae Evans from the moment when she half stood behind her desk and held out her hand to shake mine? I think it is the impression of white--white face, white shirt between two halves of a power dark suit. Hers were night colors, and though it was early in the morning, and she was my new boss, it seemed as though the business day had not quite caught up to us, and maybe never would.” 0 likes
“That night I experienced one of those sudden, unpleasant shifts of perception that occur to parents, when you notice a difference in your child that's been coming over a long time, and you're faced with it, and at the same time you're groping back to touch the child they were a minute ago, while a somehow unaccountable, unpredictable person is watching you, waiting for you to catch up with them, contemptuous because you haven't.” 0 likes
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