The Toe Tag Quintet

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Retirement can be murder!

 
The Toe Tag Quintet, Matthew Condon

Retirement can be murder!

The adventures of a former Sydney detective from 21 Division who, in his prime, collared some of the most murderous criminals in Australian history yet, on retiring to the Gold Coast in Queensland, along with half of the criminal milieu he once pursued, is shot, king-hit, tortured, and thrown from buildings in his relentless pursuit of justice.

With his trademark wit, warmth and humour, Matthew Condon takes us on a crazy ride - in boats, kombis, peugeots and window-washing platforms - through art galleries, libraries, swampy islands and caravan parks to illustrate that we are never too old for adventures.

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  • Paperback
    $27.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781742756691
    Published: 03/12/2012
    Imprint: Vintage Australia
    Extent: 352 pages
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    ISBN: 9781742756707
    Published: 03/12/2012
    Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
    Extent: 352 pages
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"Matthew Condon is a writer who confounds expectations. A love of eccentricity is evident, too, in Condon's characterisations, with The Toe Tag Quintet bringing his wit to the fore in a way his previous work did not. We always knew he was capable of descriptive brilliance, but we discover here that Condon also has a gift for the ingenious put-down. Condon's comic intelligence shines though, placing The Toe Tag Quintet a cut above the average crime novel and opening up yet another field for this extremely fecund writer." - Simon Collinson, Australian Book Review

"In complete control of the genre, Matt Condon adds his own secret herbs and spices to his collection of murder mysteries: an uncanny knack for writing great characters, a gift for observation and description of place, and a splash of poetic and cinematic imagery. The result isThe Toe Tag Quintet,a brilliant romp through the sweaty, flatulent underbelly of south-east Queensland." - Annette Hughes, Newtown Review of Books

"all-out entertaining" - Fiona Hardy, Readings

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Matthew Condon

Matthew Condon

Matthew Condon was born in Brisbane in 1962 and has lived in the UK, Germany and France. He is the author of several novels and short story collections, including The Motorcycle Cafe, A Night at the Pink Poodle, The Pillow Fight and Lime Bar. He is also the recipient of two Steel Rudd awards for short fiction.

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