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Smoke and Mirrors (Brad Chen #2)

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Ace detective Brad Chen is lured back to work by the double murder of a Whitlam government minister and the editor of his political memoirs. Solving the murders, while searching for a missing friend, Chen is plunged into the murky worlds of international espionage and organised crime. The body count rises as Chen uncovers the deadly secret behind the most momentous events ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published July 2008 by Ginninderra Press (first published 2008)
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Jenny
Mar 23, 2017 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Smoke and Mirrors is book two in the Inspector Brad Chen Series by Kel Robertson. Smoke and Mirrors is about how Inspecter Brad Chen was lured back to find the murder of an ex-government minister in strange circumstances. The readers of Smoke and Mirrors will follow the twist and turns in the investigation intertwine with Inspector Brad Chen helping a friend who is in trouble and finishing his thesis. The readers of Smoke and Mirrors will be surprised with the twist and the conclusion of the mur ...more
Kay Rollison
Jun 03, 2011 Kay Rollison rated it it was ok
What is it with me and the judges of book prizes? Are there secret judging criteria I don’t know about? I went for Robotham over Disher for the 2007 Ned Kelly Award for Australian crime fiction, and didn’t like the 2010 Man Booker choice. Now I’m unhappy with the judges of the 2009 Ned Kelly Award who chose Kel Robertson’s Smoke and Mirrors as their joint winner. This is Robertson’s second Brad Chen story, and having enjoyed the first one (Dead Set 2006), I was favourably disposed towards its su ...more
Karen
Oct 08, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it
SMOKE & MIRRORS is the second Canberra based novel to feature Australian Federal Policeman Brad Chen. Ex-football star, Chinese extraction, first name Bradman - Chen is not exactly a normal policeman. For a start he's almost constantly injured. He pops pain pills like the rest of us attack the Vitamin C at the first sound of a sniff in winter. He's also - as is the wont of so many fictional protagonists - perpetually unlucky in love, although in SMOKE & MIRRORS he's a real chance for a s ...more
Tracey
Sep 03, 2012 Tracey rated it it was ok
Okay so detective Brad Chen is dragged back to work by the double murder of a Whitlam government Minister and the editor of his political memoirs. Chen then attempts to solve the crimes whilst a whole heap of other distractions occur. Chen is not sure if the murders are due to international espionage, organised crime or simple greed.
First of all I have not read the first book in the series and though the story is not reliant on knowing the first book, it might have helped with the characters. S
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Mick
May 27, 2013 Mick rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
When a former Whitlam government minister and the editor of his political memoirs are murdered at an estate near Canberra, Inspector Bradman "Brad" Chen is recalled from sick leave and working on his Ph.D to investigate. Did their murder have to do with the missing final pages of the manuscript, and the greatest political crisis in Australian history, or is there more at work? Why are Russian gangsters and paramilitary goons also investigating? What the hell is going on?

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Alex Feltham
May 20, 2012 Alex Feltham rated it really liked it
kel robertson's novel Smoke and mirrors follows ace detective Brad Chen on his quest to solve the double murder of a whitlam government politician and the editor of his political memoirs. Chan is plunged into a world of international espianage and organised crime. this novel explores mystery, crime and inner conlict between characters. he is confronted by many characters who seek cause harm on him and he has to push through to solve the case. furthermore it explores a great mystery in Australia' ...more
Jennifer
Jun 21, 2014 Jennifer rated it did not like it
Shelves: australia
Totally not my kind of book. It's the July book for the embassy book club. I read it so I could join the discussion and meet some friends.
Melissa Thurling
Sep 11, 2014 Melissa Thurling rated it really liked it
Easy fun read, love that it's set in Australia
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I really enjoyed this- witty cynical and political!
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Kel Robertson was born on the south coast of New South Wales in the mid-1950s. He lived in Sydney, Wagga Wagga and Cobar before attending high school in Bathurst in the early 1970s. He is a graduate of four Australian universities and has been a bored non-completer at a number of other tertiary institutions. He lives and works in Canberra, where his grandfather was a minister of religion in the 19 ...more
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