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Comeback (Cliff Hardy #37)

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Cliff Hardy might have his license back, but does he still have what it takes to cut it as a PI on the seedy streets of Sydney?

Cliff Hardy has his PI license back. He reckons the skills are still there, if a little rusty, and actor Bobby Forrest's case looks promising. Bobby's a nice enough guy, but why is he being stalked by a red-hot brunette, and why did he have to go o
ebook, 252 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Allen & Unwin
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Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoy Peter Corris books and his character Cliff Hardy, and Comeback is known different. In Comeback Cliff Hardy manage to regain his PI license and start to investigate his first case the stalking of Bobby Forrest. Cliff Hardy thought it would be a nice easy first case. However, this was not what happened, and the readers of Comeback will follow roll coaster ride that ended in the unexpected conclusion. I love the way Peter Corris show with his character Cliff Hardy that having a heart bi-pas ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Comeback is the 36th novel in the Cliff Hardy series and while I have recently read the last few Deep Water (2009) and Torn Apart (2010) I somehow missed Follow the Money (2011). A quick read of the blurb and a few reviews had me caught up though and I was ready to join Hardy on his next case.

After losing the love of his life, his PI licence, his health and his money, Cliff Hardy is making a comeback. The first person through the door of Cliff’s new office is Bobby Forrest, the son of a former c
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It’s my first Peter Corris, and it won’t be my last. As this is also #37 in the Cliff Hardy series, I’m very glad they can be read as stand alone, as I had no trouble following the characters.

Cliff has just received his PI licence back, after having it suspended some three years ago, for good. But after receiving some advice from a friend, he re-applied and it was reinstated. A little older, a little wiser, if a little rusty, Cliff sets himself up with the mod con
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A typically enjoyable and stripped down Cliff Hardy detective story by Peter Corris. No padding here! It's great to have Cliff back with his newly reinstated PI licence. His investigations have teeth once again and it is great to have him back!
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firstly I want to say that Peter Corris should be far more famous for having created such an iconic hero as Cliff Hardy and to have produced such a long series (40+ books in the series) while maintaining such a level of quality storytelling, character development and edgy, spare prose.

While Comeback follows true to form, I couldn't help feeling the ending of this tale was a little rushed, a couple of sub plots not resolved satisfactorily for mine. Having said that, Cliff continues to provide wit
Sally Edsall
Picked this up second-hand. I've been reading Sydney-based PI Cliff Hardy for decades. Not all of them, but plenty. I think it's up to # 40 now. But you don't have to have read any previously - they do stand alone.

And it is good.

Sure it's got all the usual totemic pratfalls - you do have to wonder how Cliff is still alive after all the bashings, beatings, shoulder charges and kidney punches he's endured!

But Corris spins a good yarn, and does it sparely.

There's a terrific reference to the sor
Kate Loveday
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read Peter Corris for many years, but I picked this up when I was looking for an easy read, and I'm glad I did. Cliff Hardy is back, after losing his PI licence and having it reinstated. He's still the same - older, but maybe not wiser. He still lives in Glebe and visits his old haunts. It's like meeting an old friend. The mystery is interesting he's still finding trouble, and the book is entertaining. I enjoyed it.
Robert Scott
Finished 02/16/2013. Cliff Hardy has regained his private inquiry agent's license and is hired to see if he can stop a stalker of a very handsome actor who is in love with another less gorgeous lady. The client is murdered and so the merry go round begins. Another great C H novel, but maybe not as good as some.
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before everything comes across just a bit gushy, there was a point somewhere in the middle of the Cliff Hardy series where I seriously lost interest. Whilst there are some elements of the books that are always going to be the same, somehow the sameness became very obvious, there was something slightly flat about the storylines and, to this reader at least, nothing much engaged my interest. I never totally gave up reading the series, but most definitely didn't shove things aside as each new book ...more
Angela Savage
Comeback is the 35th novel Peter Corris has written featuring Sydney-based PI Cliff Hardy since the first, The Dying Trade, was published in 1980. There are also two collections of short stories, ‘Cliff Hardy Cases’.

Comeback opens with a quote from British boxer Alan ‘Boom’ Minter: ‘A boxer makes a comeback for two reasons: either he’s broke or he needs the money.’

The same cannot be said of Corris, a full-time and prolific writer since 1982, known as 'the godfather of Australian crime fiction'.

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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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