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The Toe Tag Quintet

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Retirement can be murder! The adventures of a former Sydney detective from 21 Division who, in his prime, collared some of the most murderous criminals in Australian history yet, on retiring to the Gold Coast in Queensland, along with half of the criminal milieu he once pursued, is shot, king-hit, tortured, and thrown from buildings in his relentless pursuit of justice.
Paperback, 341 pages
Published December 3rd 2012 by Vintage Random House Australia
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Retirement can be murder! Former Sydney detective recognises someone from his workdays in his retirement home in the Gold Coast. In his hey days, this unnamed detective had to deal with some of the most murderous criminals in Australian history. But in retirement things are so much more deadly in this collection of five novellas originally published in The Courier Mail.

This is a real joy to read but there is something that just doesn’t sit right with me. There is nothing wrong with Matthew Condo
With wife Peg packing up their belongings in Sydney, her husband, a former homicide detective on the NSW Police Force, out of Division 21 was on the Gold Coast spending time with real estate agents and searching for their next home. They had decided to retire to the Gold Coast after his 37 years in the police force – relaxation in their twilight years was the idea. But as he was heading back to the caravan he was currently living in one afternoon, he was sure he recognised a former acquaintance ...more
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After 37 years in the NSW police force, a former homicide detective is scouting Queensland's Gold Coast for a retirement home when he recognizes an old acquaintance, Dapper Dan the Antiques Man a.k.a. the Boltcutter. He may have thought little more about the chance encounter had he not woken the next morning to find a note slipped under the door of his caravan, along with a shiny bullet tied with a red ribbon.

Originally the five novellas in The Toe Tag Quintet were published in Brisbane's The C
The initial idea for THE TOE TAG QUINTET came from author Matthew Condon's editor at The Courier Mail in Brisbane, who wanted a series of novella's in the newspaper over the Christmas / New Year period. Combine that idea with the chance meeting of an old mate, a now retired NSW senior policeman, with a story about walking past an old gangster and you get, with a lot of work in the middle, those five novella's now published in one volume.

Each story is a separate outing for the central protagonist

A good, solid collection of crime-solving tales, infused with big pinch of Australiana and a twinkle in the eye.

The story

A crotchety old detective, who spent the larger part of his life policing the scummy streets of west Sydney, decides it's time. He and his long suffering wife, Peg, make the move up Queensland way for sun, relaxation, and retirement. Something low key, with beer and fishing and the odd “project” to keep him happy. He knows he's getting on in years, he's done all he can, and fr

4ZZZ Book Club
Serialisation has a long and storied history. Works by the likes of Dickens, Doestoevsky, Tolstoy and, perhaps most relevantly, Arthur Conan Doyle, all featured as serials in the papers and magazines of their times. It’s a rather uncommon method of publication these days though. Matthew Condon, journalist and author of 9 books, decided to step into the gap, after a conversation with his editor at The Courier Mail and has been producing, each summer for the last few years, serialised detective st ...more
Retired detective moves from Sydney to the Gold Coast. Lots of smart alec language, which I found a bit tiring. There are 5 novellas in the book, but I read only the first one. It was good to read references to Brisbane and Moreton Bay Islands, such as Peel Island.
This book is made up of a series of five novellas following the adventures of a Sydney detective who retires to the Gold Coast. Looking for a quiet life, he instead finds that his past has followed him and he gets involved in several crimes with their roots in his past. Matthew Condon's writing style is relaxed and humorous and I found all the stories easy to read, however they never rang true and seemed just a little too glib. However, if you're looking for a light, crime read with a distinctiv ...more
It was light-hearted, and full of groan-inducing puns and witticisms, but I liked it. I suppose I read it basically because it was set on the Gold Coast with a sprinkling of other locations, but it was an easy read and I'm happy to give this book 3 stars.
Richard Brandt
This book was stocked in the “Literature” section of my local bookshop, probably due to ‘The Trout Opera’ being genuine literature. Not sure this one constitutes literary status, but it was damn good! Very Australian and entertaining without being cack.
Bill Porter
Great holiday reading, nothing too demanding, and not exactly deep and meaningful. Similar style to Shane Maloney. Enjoyable.
Brilliant! Fictionalised account of the Fitzgerald years in Queensland
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