Appeal Denied: A Cliff Hardy Novel (Cliff Hardy series) by Peter Corris

By Peter Corris

Stripped of his investigator's license, Cliff Hardy faces an doubtful destiny whilst anything own occurs that provokes him into his top position: a confrontational investigator with a flavor for violence and no regard for his misplaced credentials. Taking and working out punishment, as a rule in Sydney's unique suburbs, Hardy encounters degenerate police officers, bereft better halves, and desktop demanding situations. In a shadowy showdown at an elegant Sydney seashore, Hardy demanding situations these in his way, but his destiny continues to be much more clouded than earlier than. An the world over enjoyed but reluctant hero, Hardy struggles to tackle corruption from loyalty as he attempts to figure out his destiny as an Aussie investigator.

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We have to talk,’ he said. ‘This is your turf, Hardy. ’ I told him to follow me and I drove to the coffee place in Glebe Point Road next to where the Valhalla Cinema used to be. A lot of places in Glebe used to be where they aren’t anymore. Too many. I found a parking spot in Hereford Street, went inside and ordered a long black. Williams must have parked well away because he took ten minutes to arrive and looked pissed off. Maybe because I hadn’t ordered him a coffee. The place was thinly populated and I picked a corner furthest from the other patrons.

He turned and moved down the path to the gate. He threw a punch at an overgrown bush, maybe a weed. ’ ‘I’m on it, mate. ’ He nodded and threw a combination. ‘I’m moving up. The WBA title’s vacant. I could be in for a shot. ’ ‘God help him,’ I said. All I had to work with were Lily’s encrypted initials. I remembered Tim Arthur, at the wake, saying how closely he and Lily had worked on some stories. Would he know about her code? Arthur had retired in his mid-fifties as an editor, presumably on a big pay-out, but he wrote an occasional column for Blackstone, a magazine dealing with legal matters.

Hardy, Cliff (Fictitious character) – Fiction. 2. Private investigators – New South Wales – Sydney – Fiction. I. Title. 3 Set in 12/14 pt Adobe Garamond by Midland Typesetters, Australia Printed in Australia by McPherson’s Printing Group 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 For Lesley McFadzean Contents part one 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 part two 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 part one 1 Following my last major case, I was given a suspended sentence for various offences. This, together with an earlier serious infringement and a brief prison spell, caused the police board that handles the licensing of private enquiry agents to scrub me for life.

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