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No Footprints in the Bush (Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte #8)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  152 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Paperback, 185 pages
Published November 1st 1986 by Collier Books (first published 1940)
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Arliene rated it liked it
Nov 26, 2010
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Jan 13, 2011
Mary Newcomb
Bony is sent to assist with an investigation and finds the investigator has been killed. Once he figured out what was really going on, things got interesting. And then all was resolved.

Oct 25, 2011 Marianne rated it it was amazing
No Footprints in the Bush is the 8th novel in the Bony series by Australian mystery writer, Arthur Upfield. The scene is set with Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte witnessing the bombing from a small plane of a car. The car was carrying the police sergeant that Bony was to meet in regard to the recent murders of two aboriginal stockmen during the theft of cattle. Bony makes friends with the Wantella tribe's chief, Burning Water, and, against the wishes of the local land owner, Donald MacPhe ...more
Feb 05, 2012 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads, audiobooks
This was also published (Scribner paperback edition) under the title "No Footprints in the Bush" and that was what I first read 20 years ago. The audiobook read by Peter Hosking is marvelous.
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I actually liked this one the least of all of the Bony books I've read thus far. I really, really disliked the murderer, Rex. Something about the book just left me feeling, well, uneasy I guess. Still, can't wait to keep reading the series!
May 20, 2016 Lemar rated it it was amazing
This mystery is foundational to the character of Bony, the half aborigine Detective-Inspector. Upfield's amazing detective is a product of will, a Jackie Robinson like determination to succeed in an environment where he is surrounded by jealousy and its chief symptom, prejudice. This novel in particular delves into the psyche of this unassuming yet deeply charismatic man who takes command by being the best man in the room (or in the outback).

No Footprints in the Bush was a fairly early volume i
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Aug 19, 2014 Lucy rated it really liked it
"People who try to insult me because of my birth never hurt me. In fact, they provide human study that interests me. I am always interested by the unfortunate people who suffer from the inferiority complex which they so clearly reveal by insulting words and by being snobbish. Far from being hurt, I am always pleased because it is an acknowledgment of my superiority to them" (169).
The writing is not remarkable but the sense of place is so strong that it really doesn't matter. The degree to which Upfield ably conveys a feeling of the bush, coupled with the presence of his unusual protagonist, Bony, more than make up for what would otherwise be an ordinary police procedural. The narrator is again very good.
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Jan 13, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it
Out in the bush, Bony witnesses an airplane dropping a bomb on a car. This is the beginning of the unraveling of a family secret, and a political plot. Upfield, an Australian mystery writer, always has an intriguing story.
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Jun 03, 2015 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspector Bonaparte pursues an Outback pilot as intelligent as himself, but who took the opposite road. His investigation begins as he witnesses the bombing of a police officer, centers around a rich, isolated station, and weaves through the family of The McPherson and his allied tribe of aborigines. All would have gone much worse without the dedication and heroism of Chief Burning Water.

Admirable characters and flawed ones bind the reader to McPherson's Station under siege.
Beverly Powell
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Jun 18, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
A slightly different take on a Bony story. Good fun.
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Sep 29, 2015
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Aka Arthur Upfield

Arthur William Upfield (1 September 1890 – 13 February 1964) was an Australian writer, best known for his works of detective fiction featuring Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte ('Bony') of the Queensland Police Force, a half-caste Aborigine.

Born in England, Upfield moved to Australia in 1910 and fought with the Australian military during the First World War. Following his wa
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