Inspector Stephen Villani, head of homicide in Melbourne, Australia, has a full agenda: a murdered woman in a penthouse apartment, three men butchered in a sadistic rampage, a tattoo-faced drug dealer corrupting his rebellious daughter, and a crumbling marriage. As these seemingly unrelated events begin to unfold, Villani finds himself immersed in an unfamiliar world of political scandal and ethical ambiguity. He must navigate the inept bureaucracy that is the police department, all the while maintaining a solid front and trying to keep the press, his family, and his own past from breaking him completely. With each twist and every turn of this taut crime novel, Villani is forced to question whom he can trust.
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by Peter Temple
by Peter Lovesey
by Mark Lawrence
by Ursula K. Le Guin
by Peter Navarro
by Peter Abrahams
by Peter Lourie
by Peter Brown
by Peter Carey
by Peter Manseau
"While Melbourne's Head of Homicide Stephen Villani struggles to investigate a spate of new murders, he also faces issues in his family life that rock his personal foundations. Rich dialogue, filled with Australian idioms, is bought to life by Michael Carman. His characterizations of the key players help listeners to follow the complex plot in this tense thriller about power and corruption. Carman's delivery balances straight narration and performance as he gives authenticity to the robust language and gritty descriptions of the murders. This helps to engage the listener--although non-Aussies may find some of the slang difficult to follow. K.J.P. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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