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Journey to the Hangman (Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte #23)

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Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte is forced to take on a secret identity in a desperate attempt to penetrate a close-knit, one-horse town in Western Australia where a series of shocking murders have taken place.
Published August 1st 1987 by Collier Books (first published 1959)
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Mike Billington
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate not long ago to be browsing a yard sale when, for $5, I picked up a collection of paperback mysteries featuring a mixed-race Australian detective named Napoleon Bonaparte.
Set in the Thirties, Forties and Fifties these novels, many of them short, are remarkable; almost as remarkable as the character of the police inspector whose aboriginal mother gave birth to him before dying.
Almost as remarkable, in fact, as Bonaparte's creator Arthur W. Upfield: A Brit who lived most of his lif
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Western Australia finds Bony posing as a horse-breaker and later, barman, in a close-knit outback town. There are two and eventually four murders to solve. Bony soon finds out who did the murders but proving it in the eyes of white law is a tricky problem. Superb storytelling makes this my pick in the top few Bony novels.
David Molden
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good one for reading footprints

This mystery describes the Australian outback and habits of the aborigines as well as any other book Upfield has written. Bony plays a very effective game of cat and mouse.
Peter Staadecker
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm a fan of the entire Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte series. The sense of place and the outback characters are unique and wonderful.
Jane Routley
I like Arthur Upfield despite his datedness and I am planning to read as many as I can. Yes he's racist and horribley fruity sometimes, but if you want to know about a time read the fiction. Reading between the lines in Upfield gives you a very good idea of what it was like to be aboriginal in the 1950's not something I know a lot about becasue aboriginal autralians were pretty much inviisble in those days and about what country life was like in Australia in that forgotten time. The stories are ...more
"It is said that Australia rides on the sheep's back. All tosh, of course, because it floats on beer" (32).

"'You know, Nat,' said Melody Sam. 'They call 'em "nigs," they call 'em savages, they call 'em this and that, but they're the only decent people living in the world today. And d'you know what? The sloppy fools down in the cities want to have 'em brought in and made to live in houses and go to work, and eat pork and beef off china plates, and all that. I don't hold with it. I don't hold with
Alaina Sloo
A wonderful series detective novel series, written from the 1920s to the 1960s. Most of the books in this series are set in or near towns or stations in the Australian bush. The books offer a wonderful sense of place and culture of the time, good mysteries to solve, and a half-aboriginal, half-white police detective called Napoleon Bonaparte, a character in the Sherlock Holmes mold. A few of the Napoleon Bonaparte books are set in larger towns or cities, but I think the books set in the bush are ...more
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 people have been murdered in the tiny outback town of Daybreak. The close-knit townspeople resent intruding police and are soon rid of them. The aborigine trackers are surprisingly vague about the killer's footprints. Enter Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, the most patient tracker of the Australian police force, and sits down at the mousehole to lure the killer out. A slow, patient, exciting psychological plot.
Karen GoatKeeper
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
The most interesting parts were the characters populating this private town and the tracking techniques. These books are much better than travel books about Australia as they paint such vivid pictures with a human side to them.
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
His descriptive ability is in full form here, both of nature and people. Upfield is up there with Hillerman, Francis and Christie as all time favorites.
Jake Jaqua
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Journey to the Hangman" was also published under the title "Bony and the Mouse," Heinemann, London, 1973.
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, australia
I thought I had read all the Upfield books. How fortunate I was to find this excellent mystery. It is a gem.
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very dated but still fun as it has a strong sense of the Australian Bush
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the correct title of this book is mr jellys business
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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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