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Michael Robotham

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Edgar finalist and Gold Dagger winning author, Michael Robotham was born in Australia in November 1960 and grew up in small country towns that had more dogs than people and more flies than dogs. He escaped in 1979 and became a cadet journalist on an afternoon newspaper in Sydney.

For the next fourteen years he worked for newspapers in Australia, Europe, Africa and America. As a senior feature writer for the UK’s Mail on Sunday he was among the first people to view the letters and diaries of Czar Nicholas II and his wife Empress Alexandra, unearthed in the Moscow State Archives in 1991. He also gained access to Stalin’s Hitler files, which had been missing for nearly fifty years until a cleaner stumbled upon a cardboard box that had been misp

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Michael Robotham There will definitely be more books with Joe and Vincent. I've spent the past few months hanging out with them - working on a story for next year. The…moreThere will definitely be more books with Joe and Vincent. I've spent the past few months hanging out with them - working on a story for next year. They don't live in my house, but they have set up temporary camp in my head.(less)
Michael Robotham GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL is the start of a new series, so Cyrus and Evie will both be back. There are soooo many questions that still have to be answered. …moreGOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL is the start of a new series, so Cyrus and Evie will both be back. There are soooo many questions that still have to be answered. Happy reading.(less)
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Each book is written as a standalone, so they don't have to be read in order. The only small advantage is that Joe ages in real time, along with his family, so you see the progression in the storylines. In the first book his daughter Charlie is 8. In See Full Answer
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"Second book in the series. You certainly have to read the first beforehand. This one still leaves an opening for a third which I hope we get. I love the characters. What a great book. "
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"First, I need more Cyrus Haven books. Many more. This is book number two....you don’t need to read book number one to be in the loop, but you should. Because it was great.
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“Resentment is like swallowing a poison and waiting for the other person to die.”
Michael Robotham, Life or Death

“Remember, the worst hour of your life only lasts for sixty minutes. (292)”
Michael Robotham, Suspect

“Friendship is a difficult thing to define. Oscar here is my oldest friend. How would you define friendship, Oscar?"
Oscar grunts slightly, as though the answer is obvious.
"Friendship is about choice and chemistry. It cannot be defined."
"But surely there's something more to it than that."
"It is a willingness to overlook faults and to accept them. I would let a friend hurt me without striking back," he says, smiling. "But only once."
De Souza laughs. "Bravo, Oscar, I can always rely on you to distill an argument down to its purest form. What do you think, Dayel?"
The Indian rocks his head from side to side, proud that he has been asked to speak next.
"Friendship is different for each person and it changes throughout our lives. At age six it is about holding hands with your best friend. At sixteen it is about the adventure ahead. At sixty it is about reminiscing." He holds up a finger. "You cannot define it with any one word, although honesty is perhaps the closest word-"
"No, not honesty," Farhad interrupts. "On the contrary, we often have to protect our friends from what we truly think. It is like an unspoken agreement. We ignore each other's faults and keep our confidences. Friendship isn't about being honest. The truth is too sharp a weapon to wield around someone we trust and respect. Friendship is about self-awareness. We see ourselves through the eyes of our friends. They are like a mirror that allows us to judge how we are traveling."
De Souza clears his throat now. I wonder if he is aware of the awe that he inspires in others. I suspect he is too intelligent and too human to do otherwise.
"Friendship cannot be defined," he says sternly. "The moment we begin to give reasons for being friends with someone we begin to undermine the magic of the relationship. Nobody wants to know that they are loved for their money or their generosity or their beauty or their wit. Choose one motive and it allows a person to say, 'is that the only reason?'"
The others laugh. De Souza joins in with them. This is a performance.
He continues: "Trying to explain why we form particular friendships is like trying to tell someone why we like a certain kind of music or a particular food. We just do.”
Michael Robotham, The Night Ferry


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“I have been visited by every shade of grief and know that it doesn't come in black or white”
Michael Robotham, Say You're Sorry

“She is more memory than reality. She belongs to a time of teenage crushes, first kisses, crowded lecture halls and smoky pubs. Even if she had lived, we might have had nothing in common except the past.”
Michael Robotham, The Night Ferry

“You know its going to be a bad day when you are having a prostate examination and you feel both of your doctor's hands on your shoulders!”
Michael Robotham, Suspect

“Did you ever see the Truman Show?...Well sometimes I think I’m Truman. I think the whole world is watching me. My life has been created by someone else’s expectations. Everything is a façade. The walls are plywood and the furniture is papier-mâché. And then I think that if I could just run fast enough, I’d get around the next corner and find the back lot of the film set. But I can never run fast enough. By the time I arrive, they’ve built another street… and another.”
Michael Robotham, Suspect

“The thirst for knowledge is like a piece of ass you know you shouldn't chase; in the end, you chase it just the same.”
George Pelecanos, Down by the River Where the Dead Men Go

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Ink 2 Quill I loved the book Suspect. It was very well written.

Quantum Thief - Spooky Ink Bandit Girl Thank you for add me as a friend I am in love with your books they are amazing.

Eyehavenofilter Thanks for,the friend add... Looking forward to reading some of your books!

Stephen Booth Hi, Michael. It was good to see you in Cleveland last month. I hope everything is still going well!


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