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Comeback (Cliff Hardy #37)

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Cliff Hardy might have his license back, but does he still have what it takes to cut it as a PI on the seedy streets of Sydney?

Cliff Hardy has his PI license back. He reckons the skills are still there, if a little rusty, and actor Bobby Forrest's case looks promising. Bobby's a nice enough guy, but why is he being stalked by a red-hot brunette, and why did he have to go o...more
ebook, 259 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Allen & Unwin Australia
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Comeback is the 36th novel in the Cliff Hardy series and while I have recently read the last few Deep Water (2009) and Torn Apart (2010) I somehow missed Follow the Money (2011). A quick read of the blurb and a few reviews had me caught up though and I was ready to join Hardy on his next case.

After losing the love of his life, his PI licence, his health and his money, Cliff Hardy is making a comeback. The first person through the door of Cliff’s new office is Bobby Forrest, the son of a former c...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It’s my first Peter Corris, and it won’t be my last. As this is also #37 in the Cliff Hardy series, I’m very glad they can be read as stand alone, as I had no trouble following the characters.

Cliff has just received his PI licence back, after having it suspended some three years ago, for good. But after receiving some advice from a friend, he re-applied and it was reinstated. A little older, a little wiser, if a little rusty, Cliff sets himself up with the mod con...more
A typically enjoyable and stripped down Cliff Hardy detective story by Peter Corris. No padding here! It's great to have Cliff back with his newly reinstated PI licence. His investigations have teeth once again and it is great to have him back!
The occasional Peter Corris detective novel is my guilty pleasure. No great works of high literary genius, but enjoyable particularly to a Sydneysider to see stories of murders at Strathfield golf course, trips to Woy Woy for weird Indian prostitutes and underground doctors who ran Rogan Josh restaurants. Beers at The Bank Hotel, Newtown deciphering clues from a dame who runs a shifty acting school in Angel Street. Putting down, and conversely name dropping, local actors and musos, and caricatur...more
Before everything comes across just a bit gushy, there was a point somewhere in the middle of the Cliff Hardy series where I seriously lost interest. Whilst there are some elements of the books that are always going to be the same, somehow the sameness became very obvious, there was something slightly flat about the storylines and, to this reader at least, nothing much engaged my interest. I never totally gave up reading the series, but most definitely didn't shove things aside as each new book...more
Angela Savage
Comeback is the 35th novel Peter Corris has written featuring Sydney-based PI Cliff Hardy since the first, The Dying Trade, was published in 1980. There are also two collections of short stories, ‘Cliff Hardy Cases’.

Comeback opens with a quote from British boxer Alan ‘Boom’ Minter: ‘A boxer makes a comeback for two reasons: either he’s broke or he needs the money.’

The same cannot be said of Corris, a full-time and prolific writer since 1982, known as 'the godfather of Australian crime fiction'.

Charmaine Clancy
One thing I enjoy about the Cliff Hardy crime series is that each can be read as a stand alone novel, as I don't always read them in order.

Hardy is a likeable and thoroughly flawed character - very much the loveable rogue type.

A good, light-hearted read, my only concern with this encounter was that Hardy didn't really achieve anything, he just seemed to stumble from one preventable death to the next. However, it did still keep me wondering what would come next and how it would all unfold.
Cliff Hardy, formerly disgraced, has had his PI licence restored and has decided to set up in business again. One of his first cases is that of Bobby Forrest, a young actor, who believes he is being stalked and threatened by a woman he met recently on a dating website. Cliff investigates and finds there is more in Bobby's past then he confided. When Bobby is found dead, Cliff starts to investigate in earnest as he feels he has let Bobby down by not protecting him. The action is fast moving and t...more
Bev Warren
One of Peter Corris' Best Cliff Hardy novels. Cliff has just been able to get his PI licence back. His first client is murdered, a tangled web spreads from that point
Shirley Evans
This was quite a bit better than the last Peter Corris book I read. He strayed from his usual formula a bit and it benefited from this.
Laura Rittenhouse
Peter Corris writes really enjoyable, pared-down crime thrillers. His hero, Cliff Hardy, is a clever but very human Private Investigator who does the typical investigative stuff to solve the crime. In this case he works hard to find out who killed one of his clients. A young man came to Hardy for help because he thought he was being followed. Turns out he was right but Hardy didn't figure it out in time to save the man.

These books aren't full of forensic detail (thankfully) or lots of blood-red...more
Balthazar Lawson
A lot of books today have a lot of padding, an observation made in this novel, and try to be overly complicated. This book, however, isn't like that. It's a nice simple straight forward private investigator story with enough twists and turns to make it interesting and captivating. Being set in Sydney makes it feel like an old friend. I really enjoyed this.
Gary Vassallo
A really enjoyable quick read. Especially enjoyed all the Sydney locations. Looking forward to rading more Cliff Hardy books.
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An interesting mystery set in Sydney, Australia.
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Peter Corris’s first novel was published in 1980 and he has been a full time writer since 1982. Through the 1950s, 60s and 70s, the Australian crime story was in the hands of writers producing mass market pulp novelettes, chief among them being Alan Yates (Carter Brown). Although written in Australia, these stories usually had pseudo American or British settings. Peter Corris is credited with revi...more
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