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Now and Then, Amen


Jon Cleary


Now and Then, Amen


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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William Morrow & Co; 1st U.S. ed edition (January 1, 1989)




Thrillers and Suspense



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When Sister Mary Magdalene is found murdered on the steps of an expensive Sydney brothel, Detective Inspector Scobie Malone uncovers a deceptive trail of false identities and deadly secrets kept by the dead woman's family
I have read The Sundowners repeatedly and love the book. I wanted to see how he tackled mysteries, which are my favorite if you compare the number of mysteries I own to any other genre.

Because this book had relatively good reviews (of the few that do for OOP books) and the plot appeared interesting, I purchased this book to read. I usually do not buy series in order because often they are better as the series progresses. I was a little concerned about the plot to this book, especially if it showed a decidedly pro-religious bias; however, he has mainlined the religion in that most of the characters are religious, like most people I know, but not fundamentalist or extremist (except the Archbishop).

Cleary is wonderfully irreverent and very humorous in appropriate areas. The characters are very interesting and I really like Cleary's approach to the development of his characters, namely going back in time to explain the background of major characters, usually in good context with the plot.

Anyway, this was the first of the Scobie Malone books I read and will be reading more in the future.
Perhaps not Jon Cleary's best but a good read and worthwhile persisting through the first couple of chapters that I found a bit ho-hum. (I'm not particularly shocked by the idea of a nun being found dead at a brothel which sounds a bit like a Sunday Telegraph story from the 1950s.)

The historical flash-backs provide some fascinating reading and I found the plot well structured even if the characters were a bit one-dimensional. Cleary owes a lot to Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett - and that's not a bad thing if you are addicted to the Golden Age of Detecetive Fiction as I am.

Scobie Malone is a likeable hero but perhaps not quite so much as Peter Corris's Frank Hardy who has just a bit more grit and sex appeal.
Came to Amazon this morning to download another Cleary Book for my Kindle Fire. I always like to carry a backup.
Cleary is great!
I`m a great fan of Jon Cleary,especially his Scobie Malone character,coming from Sydney I can relate to the places he mentions, and his characters bring to mind people I know

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