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Open File (Cliff Hardy #33)

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Cliff Hardy, with his PI license cancelled and his career in Sydney at an end, is preparing for a trip overseas. Cleaning out his office, he comes across an open filean unresolved case from the 1980s. As he starts reading he’s thrown back to his investigation of the disappearance of Justin Hampshire. At first glance this investigation was a straightforward missing person m ...more
Paperback, 205 pages
Published March 26th 2010 by Allen & Unwin (first published 2008)
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Among the things that Peter Corris does well are:
Keeping Cliff Hardy real; keeping an excellent sense of time and place; populating his plot with interesting characters of all classes and occupations.

For those not already familiar with Hardy, he is a P.E.A., the Australian equivalent of a private investigator (It stands for private enquiry agent.). Hardy is a tough guy with a fondness for a good book and a good glass of red wine, though he will compromise on either when under stress. What he won
Feb 27, 2012 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, australian
I wondered where Peter Corris would take Cliff after the loss of his PI licence (which, it seems, he's unlikely to ever get back), but I didn't really expect it to be the 1970's. Once you're back in that old case with a few well chosen "commentaries" Corris places you firmly in the 1970's very adeptly - from the opening observations of the Ananda Marga compensation case; the shock and concern that early AIDS cases raised; the death of Bob Trimboli and even the simple lack of mobile telephones, t ...more
Jul 14, 2008 Sunnie rated it really liked it
OPEN FILE is a look back at how Cliff did his job twenty years ago. It is remarkable to note just how much technology has changed our lives in the twenty years since that landmark year in Australia's history. It was an era before the common use of mobile phones - when you could still find a public phone booth and put a coin in the slot. There was no internet to use as a reference to find people and information. These things have become so much a part of our daily lives that we forget what life w ...more
Sep 19, 2015 Mumbler rated it really liked it
Not among the best of the series, but perfectly serviceable.

(first read from July 14-16 2012. have to save that here, cause goodreads is going to overwrite it, with the current dates when I mark that I'm reading it.)
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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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