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Saving Billie (Cliff Hardy #29)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  81 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Private investigator Cliff Hardy tackles one of his most difficult cases yet in this gripping detective novel that finds him in the far southwestern suburbs of Sydney. When a journalist hires him to find Billie Merchant, a woman with incriminating information about media-giant Joanas Clement and who is being tracked by both Clement and Clement's rival, Barclay Greaves, Har ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Allen Unwin (first published December 1st 2005)
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Dillwynia Peter
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Cliff Hardy are a fun series of light detective books & worth investigating on a summer holiday, or that dreary Sunday.

As with any book that is heavily engulfed with a place, these books are far more enjoyable if you know your Sydney. I do, so I can easily envisage the places Cliff visited & the people he met. The regular incidents were all there - friends doing favours for Cliff, getting coshed over the head, the smart one liners, the girl that gets away and even a little twist, alt
Brett Bydairk
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
#29 in the series, but my first, this is a well-constructed, well-written, easy reading mystery set in and around Sydney, Australia. If not for the occasional Aussie word or phrase, this could take place in any large city. Cliff is an aging, worn Private Enquiry Agent who is contacted by a journalist looking for a source for a book she has contracted to write. He takes the job, but things quickly go wrong, and no-one is telling the truth, including the client.
My first Cliff Hardy, but not the la
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Four stars is a tiny bit generous for Saving Billie but I gave and extra star because the book is based in my home town and its fun reading about places I know well. I read so many books based in other parts of the world that it is a real treat to read about Sydney.

This is my second Cliff Hardy novel and unlike the first book I read this book was left with some loose ends. This was oddly refreshing. I usually like to see everything in its right place by the end of the book.

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Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
I like this Aussie P.I. and his adventures around Sidney. This one's focus is on extrordinary power and greed. But it has some nice touches with the Australian subcultures and Cliff Hardy is still Australia's Philip Marlowe
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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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