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The Real Thing (Les Norton #2)

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The five stories in The Real Thing provide an entertaining mix of laughter and excitement, as well as an insight into the underworld of Sydney — an often violent and cynical world, but also with its fair share of rough humour and memorable characters.
Published (first published November 1st 1989)
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Sep 15, 2009 Chuckconnor rated it it was amazing
The second Norton in the series, which I read back in Sydney in 1986, and am now getting again in order to keep the wonderful memories alive.

Despite this being the second, it avoids the dangers of being just a pale imitation of the first novel by dint of the characters and the writing. It also helps to show how characters can evolve in different directions to the way you think they should, and the fact that Robert G. Barrett has successfully published others in the series, and also other stand-a
Sep 26, 2011 Nora rated it it was ok
I expected an Australian mystery. I'm trying to read mysteries from all over the world and came across this on Stop You're Killing Me! This is more of a comic novel and there's no mystery involved. It gives a good picture of the underside of Sydney Australia and it's characters are great fun. No nobel prize winner this and no great moral, but a fun read. This book is tongue & cheek & the conversations get to be a bit repetitive.
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Aug 09, 2013 Peter Greenwell rated it liked it
A collection of five related tales about Les Norton, Sydney bouncer and all-round stand-up guy. This was one of Barrett's first books and the writing skills aren't all there yet. Still an enjoyable book, full of larrikins and vibrant Sydney life as seen through Les' cynical eyes.
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You’ve no doubt read a lot of things about me and my books over the years written by other people. Well, this is the truth. I grew up in Bondi in Sydney, Australia. I went to Bondi Beach Public School then on to Randwick Boys High. I left school at 14, did a few odd jobs then a trade as a butcher, mainly in the Eastern suburbs before finally working as a boner in various meatworks around the
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