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y The Brush-Off single work   novel   crime   humour  
Is part of Murray Whelan Mysteries Shane Maloney 1994- series - author novel (number 2 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 1996 1996
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'On a sultry summer night Murray Whelan is in the Botanical Gardens tasting Salina Fleet's apricot lips. Meanwhile the body of an artist is being fished from the ornamental moat outside the Art Gallery. The papers called it suicide. The police say it's an accident.

'Political minder, brushed-off lover and art buff on the make, Murray goes looking for the big picture. He finds there's more than meets the eye among the self-made millionaires, ruthless culture vultures, and cool operators of Melbourne's art world. He learns that when you dabble with death there's nothing abstract about a loaded gun.

'Murray Whelan, the hero of Stiff, Shane Maloney's brilliant debut novel, is back at his richly futile best. A romantic comedy and drop-dead thriller, The Brush-Off mixes high art with low blows.' (Publication summary)

Adaptations

form y The Brush-Off John Clarke , Australia : Ruby Entertainment Huntaway Films Seven Network , 2004 Z1125639 2004 single work film/TV crime humour (taught in 3 units)

'When Agnelli is demoted to Minister of Arts and Water, he decides to earn brownie points by raising funds for the next election campaign. Murray is on the case, meeting with philanthropists and arts connoisseurs. This is where the trouble begins.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 5/4/2013)

Notes

  • Featured by the BIG Book Club, an initiative supported by the Advertiser in partnership with Arts SA, The Australia Council for the Arts, Channel 7, FIVEAA and South Australian public libraries to promote a love of reading, discussion and literature, September 2004.
  • Epigraph: 'I can't think of a single Russian novel in which one of the characters goes into a picture gallery' (W. Somerset Maugham).
  • Dedication: For Wally and May, for their forbearance and their grandparents.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: Kunstlerpech : Roman
Language: German
    • Zurich,
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      Switzerland,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Diogenes , 2000 .
      Extent: 436p.
      Reprinted: 2002
      ISBN: 3257062486

Works about this Work

Peep into the Art World in Comic Thriller Carla Caruso , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 September 2004; (p. 43)
Untitled Mary Helen Becker , 2004-2005 single work review
— Appears in: Mystery Readers Journal , Winter vol. 20 no. 4 2004-2005; (p. 44)

— Review of Stiff Shane Maloney 1994 single work novel ; The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel ; Nice Try Shane Maloney 1998 single work novel ; The Big Ask : A Murray Whelan Novel Shane Maloney 2000 single work novel ; Something Fishy : A Murray Whelan Thriller Shane Maloney 2002 single work novel
Murder with Wit, Wisdom and Art Jo-Ann Stubbings , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 20 March 2002; (p. 7)

— Review of The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
'Something Brand New on the Skyline' : Renovating the City in Contemporary Australian Detective Fiction Robert Beardwood , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Writing and the City : Refereed Proceedings of the 1999 Conference Held at the New South Wales Writers' Centre Sydney 2-6 July 1999 2000; (p. 101-107)
Hardboiled Mystery Novel Relocates in Australia Margaret Boe Birns , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 13 no. 1 1999; (p. 52-53)

— Review of The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
y A Student's Guide to The Brush-Off by Shane Maloney Marian Thomas , Ballarat : Wizard Books , 1998 Z1612111 1998 single work criticism
Looking for Laughs on the Crime Scene Peter Craven , 1997 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26 May 1997; (p. 14)
A Criminal Sense of Place Peter Craven , 1996 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 31 March 1996; (p. 8)
Satirically Able in the Era of Cain Peter Craven , 1996 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 3 April 1996; (p. 27)
A Corpse in the Gallery's Moat Michael McGirr , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 4 May 1996; (p. 8)

— Review of Get Rich Quick Peter Doyle 1996 single work novel ; The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
Crime Jeff Popple , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 9 June 1996; (p. 20)

— Review of Urn Burial Kerry Greenwood 1996 single work novel ; The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
Crime Novels Benefit from Cut-Price Way 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 8 April 1996; (p. 31)

— Review of The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
High Jinks on the Banks of the Yarra Peter Craven , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6 April 1996; (p. 11)

— Review of The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
Detection Without a Clouseau Kerry Greenwood , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 12 May 1996; (p. 8)

— Review of The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
Surprises in Store for Sleuth Katharine England , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 15 June 1996; (p. 6)

— Review of The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
Straight Shooting Ngaire Naffine , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , June vol. 6 no. 5 1996; (p. 44)

— Review of The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
Maloney's New Crime Novel Michael J. Tolley , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 179 1996; (p. 62)

— Review of The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
And Thereby Hangs a Tale Robin Wallace-Crabbe , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 October 1996; (p. rev 9)

— Review of The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
Untitled Mary Helen Becker , 2004-2005 single work review
— Appears in: Mystery Readers Journal , Winter vol. 20 no. 4 2004-2005; (p. 44)

— Review of Stiff Shane Maloney 1994 single work novel ; The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel ; Nice Try Shane Maloney 1998 single work novel ; The Big Ask : A Murray Whelan Novel Shane Maloney 2000 single work novel ; Something Fishy : A Murray Whelan Thriller Shane Maloney 2002 single work novel
A Corpse in the Gallery's Moat Michael McGirr , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 4 May 1996; (p. 8)

— Review of Get Rich Quick Peter Doyle 1996 single work novel ; The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
Crime Jeff Popple , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 9 June 1996; (p. 20)

— Review of Urn Burial Kerry Greenwood 1996 single work novel ; The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
Crime Novels Benefit from Cut-Price Way 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 8 April 1996; (p. 31)

— Review of The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
High Jinks on the Banks of the Yarra Peter Craven , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6 April 1996; (p. 11)

— Review of The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
Detection Without a Clouseau Kerry Greenwood , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 12 May 1996; (p. 8)

— Review of The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
Surprises in Store for Sleuth Katharine England , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 15 June 1996; (p. 6)

— Review of The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
Straight Shooting Ngaire Naffine , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , June vol. 6 no. 5 1996; (p. 44)

— Review of The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
Maloney's New Crime Novel Michael J. Tolley , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 179 1996; (p. 62)

— Review of The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
And Thereby Hangs a Tale Robin Wallace-Crabbe , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 October 1996; (p. rev 9)

— Review of The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
Hardboiled Mystery Novel Relocates in Australia Margaret Boe Birns , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 13 no. 1 1999; (p. 52-53)

— Review of The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
Murder with Wit, Wisdom and Art Jo-Ann Stubbings , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 20 March 2002; (p. 7)

— Review of The Brush-Off Shane Maloney 1996 single work novel
Peep into the Art World in Comic Thriller Carla Caruso , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 September 2004; (p. 43)
y A Student's Guide to The Brush-Off by Shane Maloney Marian Thomas , Ballarat : Wizard Books , 1998 Z1612111 1998 single work criticism
Looking for Laughs on the Crime Scene Peter Craven , 1997 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26 May 1997; (p. 14)
A Criminal Sense of Place Peter Craven , 1996 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 31 March 1996; (p. 8)
Satirically Able in the Era of Cain Peter Craven , 1996 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 3 April 1996; (p. 27)
'Something Brand New on the Skyline' : Renovating the City in Contemporary Australian Detective Fiction Robert Beardwood , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Writing and the City : Refereed Proceedings of the 1999 Conference Held at the New South Wales Writers' Centre Sydney 2-6 July 1999 2000; (p. 101-107)

Awards

1997 winner Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Australian Crime Novel Award
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