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The classic art-world mystery from one of Australia’s most iconic novelists.

Winner, Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction, 1996.

Murray Whelan, hero of Stiff, is back at his richly futile best in The Brush-Off. When the body of an artist is fished from the moat outside the National Gallery, Murray - political minder, brushed-off lover and art buff on the make - goes looking for the big picture. If he can put the fix in, he might have a chance of staying employed.

The second adventure in Shane Maloney’s series brilliantly mixes high art with low blows.


A succulent, consistently funny detective story…The plot is something like John Cleese might dream up if he was drunk with Dashiell Hammett


Maloney is top shelf


The Brush-Off brilliantly mixes the comic and the tragic: this amusing thriller has you laughing at the moments where a gasp may be more appropriate

Rolling Stone

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Also by Shane Maloney

Stiff: Text Classics
Sucked In
The Happy Phrase
Something Fishy
The Brush-Off
Nice Try: A Murray Wheln Thriller
The Big Ask: A Murray Whelan Thriller