A Cliff Hardy Novel series - author   novel   short story   crime   detective  
Alternative title: Cliff Hardy
Issue Details: First known date: 1980- 1980-
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  • A series of books featuring the Sydney-based private detective Cliff Hardy. Most of the books are novels, but a few are collections of short stories.

Includes

1
y The Dying Trade Peter Corris , Sydney : McGraw-Hill , 1980 Z329075 1980 single work novel crime detective

'Meet Cliff Hardy. Smoker, drinker, ex-boxer. And private investigator.

When the wealthy Bryn Gutteridge hires Hardy to help his sister, it looks as if blackmail is the problem. Until the case becomes more brutal, twisted and shocking than even Hardy could have guessed.' (Text Classics blurb)

2
y White Meat Peter Corris , Sydney : Pan , 1981 Z329176 1981 single work novel crime detective

He needs a nice smooth job, something to pay the bills - and keep his glass filled.

But smooth this one isn't. Ted Tarleton is a very rich bookie whose beautiful, spoiled daughter, Noni, is missing. Tarleton wants Hardy to find her. The logical place to start is with Noni's boyfriend, but the actor has long since ceased to keep tabs on her.

So Hardy makes for seedy La Perouse, where the local aboriginals recognise Noni's photo. She's the one they call "white meat". And Hardy will take more than a few blows as he follows her into the violent wreckage of her own past...

3
y The Marvellous Boy Peter Corris , Sydney : Pan , 1982 Z80323 1982 single work novel crime detective

'It's no secret that the people who hire Hardy have nowhere else to turn.

Take Lady Catherine Chatterton, widow of the eminent judge. She's desperate to hand down the mantle of her husband's legal reign (not to mention the money) to someone more deserving than her boozy daughter Bettina.

So she hires Hardy to find her missing grandson - a tall order considering the only evidence of the young man's existence came two years earlier from an ageing drunk. Funny thing - when Hardy finds that drunk there is a helpful photograph... and within the hour, the drunk is dead. Now Hardy's on a murder case.' (Publisher's blurb)

4
y The Empty Beach Peter Corris , Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 1983 Z80713 1983 single work novel crime detective 'The early 1980s found Cliff Hardy well established as a private investigator but still battling his demons...A case in Bondi attracts him as an ex-surfer and admirer of the suburb. It began as a routine investigation into a supposed drowning, but Hardy soon finds himself literally fighting for his life in the murky, violent underworld of Bondi.' (Source: back cover, 2003 Allen and Unwin edition)
5
y Heroin Annie and Other Cliff Hardy Stories Peter Corris , Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 1984 Z856834 1984 selected work short story crime detective

'He's a one-man army for $125 a day, plus expenses, and Hardy was finding his fee harder to earn all the time.

From reformed junkies to high fashion models, from radical politics to corporate, every type of face with every type of problem eventually walked through Hardy's door. But on thing was for sure: Hardy would get lied to, punched out, shot at, and merely ignored before he could give his clients satisfaction...' (Publisher's blurb)

6
y Make Me Rich Peter Corris , North Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 1985 Z80422 1985 single work novel crime detective

'Cliff Hardy is at the party to look after the paintings and throw out the drunks - gently.

But there he meets Helen Broadway, who interests him; and Paul Guthrie, who wants Hardy to look for his stepson, Ray.

'Hardy delves into the sleazy Kings Cross backstreets and lowdown pubs, following a twisting path laid by a hitman, a criminal with heavy political protection, and a seedy alcoholic member of his own profession. There's scarcely enough time for Helen 'Broadway, interesting though she still is.

Hardy pushes on to final confrontation. It's rough: the guns are out, and the odds are no help...' (Publication summary)

7
y The Big Drop, and Other Cliff Hardy Stories Peter Corris , Sydney : Unwin Paperbacks , 1985 Z548770 1985 selected work short story crime detective

'A client happends to fall from the twentieth story of a building; a rock star goes missing; an erotic Mongol scroll vanishes; a film star has a problem that has nothing to do with creativity - it's all in a day's work for Cliff Hardy.

'Yachts dance on the sparkling waters of the harbour, and the back alleys are busy; the city's high and low classes go about their daily business. But nothing really surprises Hardy; and, for a hundred and twenty-five a day (plus expenses), he'll provide a few surprises of his own...' (Publication summary)

8
y The Greenwich Apartments Peter Corris , Sydney : Unwin Paperbacks , 1986 Z181393 1986 single work novel crime detective

'Is brilliant young film maker Carmel Wise the innocent victim of gangland violence or is she enmeshed in a pornography racket as the press and the police imply? Carmel's businessman father hires Cliff Hardy to find the real reason 'the video girl' was shot dead outside the Greenwich Apartments in Kings Cross.

'Hardy follows a trail which is broken but clear - houses and flats, with the power on and the rent paid, stand empty; photographs and other document lead to Lionel Darcy, owner of the Champagne Cabaret; banks and business houses will supply just enough information to keep Hardy warm.

'The tail takes him to the sunny perninsula, leafy Lane Cove and the industrial waterfront. Hardy finds that every question and every answer had to be paid for in pain and fear. nd to some questions there may be no answers at all...' (Publication summary)

9
y Deal Me Out : A Cliff Hardy Novel Peter Corris , Sydney London : Unwin Paperbacks , 1986 Z410667 1986 single work novel crime detective

'Cliff Hardy starts out to help a friend but before long he's looking for an enemy - William Mountain: a boozer, TV scriptwriter, would-be novelist who is missing and searching for adventure. Mountain's adventure is Hardy's 'case' which rapidly becomes a case he would rather not have. Mountain is the dealer in a deadly game and the hands he deals become more and more bizarre...' (Publication summary)

10
y The January Zone Peter Corris , Sydney : Unwin Paperbacks , 1987 Z401619 1987 single work novel crime detective

'Politician Peter January is having trouble staying alive so he hires Cliff Hardy to help him. Hardy dislikes the role of politician's 'security consultant' but he dislikes bombers, hitmen and hate-mailers even more.

'Protecting January leads to protecting his assistant, Trudie Bell, which is a more enjoyable assignment. It also takes Hardy to Washington DC where the threats are real and the rules are different.

'To stand close to January is to stand close to danger and corruption, but there are even greater evils and Hardy cannot back away...' (Publication summary)

11
y Man in the Shadows : A Short Novel and Six Stories Peter Corris , Sydney : Unwin Paperbacks , 1988 Z465459 1988 selected work short story novella crime detective

'Gareth Grenway wasn't all he seemed, but Cliff Hardy was used to that. What he wasn't used to was the shadowy world Greenway leads him into: neurosurgeons, mental patients, AIDS sufferes, all negotiating a landscape of dreams and delusions. An old firend of Hardy's ends up dead while Hardy chases the shadows, catching some, losing others.

'The accompanying stories find Hardy on more familiar ground. When organised crime, political corruption and the Australian army are involved, Hardy battles the odds. But when it comes to a man-to-man contest, put your money on Hardy to win.' (Publication summary)

12
y O'Fear Peter Corris , Sydney : Bantam Books , 1990 Z432542 1990 single work novel crime detective

'When Todd Barnes, war veteran and popular drinking mate, leaves Cliff Hardy a tidy sum to find out who killed him, Hardy can hardly refuse - and he needs the money. Todd's widow and some of his cronies are not always cooperative, however, and it's hard to tell friends from enemies, especially when it comes to the mysterious Kevin O'Fearna, known as O'Fear.

'Hardy's battered Falcon takes him from the familiar mean streets of Sydney to equally dangerous bushland, where he's on his own up against heavy odds. A not-unfamiliar situation for Sydney's most enduring private investigator.' (Publication summary)

13
y Wet Graves Peter Corris , Moorebank : Bantam Books , 1991 Z231686 1991 single work novel crime detective

'Someone's trying to cancel Cliff Hardy's licence, and he needs to find out why.

'He also has to work out why the case of missing schoolteacher Brian Madden keeps leading him back over fifty years to the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

'Finding the answers takes all his contacts - police, underworld and press - and keeps Hardy moving across Sydney, asking questions, probing the past... and finding the bodies.' (Publication summary)

14
y Aftershock Peter Corris , Sydney : Bantam Books , 1991 Z251161 1991 single work novel crime detective

'When Oscar Bach's body was found crushed under rubble, his death was classified as another tragic statistic of the Newcastle earthquake. So how could he have been seen alive five minutes after the quake? Who would want this man dead?

'Oscar's quiet life was not all that is appeared to be. He was a man with no apparent past. But something and someone has caught up with him now, and they are trying to stop Cliff Hardy finding the answers.

'Hardy thought he needed the work, but did he need it this badly?' (Publication summary)

15
y Beware of the Dog : A Cliff Hardy Novel Peter Corris , Neutral Bay : Bantam Books , 1992 Z268256 1992 single work novel crime detective

'The woman was dangerous, even over the phone. Cliff Hardy knew he should have listened to his instincts when he first met Paula Wilberforce.

'Instead he becomes embroiled in a high-society family full of old rivalries and hatred, his gun is stolen and he is wanted in relation to a shooting.

'He has to find the answers quickly, before the murderer strikes again. The only lead he has is a mutilated photograph. Whose face is it? And what are those strange shadows in the background?' (Publication summary)

16
y Burn and Other Stories Peter Corris , Neutral Bay : Bantam Books , 1993 Z165792 1993 selected work short story crime detective

'This collection of stores finds Cliff Hardy in his usual milieu of inner Sydney mixing with the good, the bad and the quirky as he works on his cases.

'With his wisecracks and fists in readiness, Hardy goes about his daily business of tracking delinquent arsonists, hired killers and missing girlfriends, protecting eye surgeons and radio announcers, solving old crimes and helping past acquaintances in the underworld.

'Always on the outside, but his sympathies with the underdog, Hardy's cases are never what they seem and his solutions are not always what the client expects. All in all, normal time for Cliff Hardy but a great deal more for his readers.' (Publication summary)

17
y Matrimonial Causes : A Cliff Hardy Novel Peter Corris , Sydney : Bantam Books , 1993 Z233715 1993 single work novel crime detective

''Tell me about your first case Cliff. You must remember it.'

'Sure, but Christ, I haven't thought of that in a long, long time.'

'What was it about?'

'Back then? Divorce - what else? But there was a bit of perjury, fraud and murder as well.'

'The early 70s, and in Cliff Hardy's first case there were perjury, fraud, murder, crooked cops, lawyers, PIs and a call girl - scarcely an honest citizen in sight.

Hardy was caught in the middle with a client he couldn't trust and nothing but questions for guidelines. In the end his survival became more important than the answers.' (Publication summary)

18
y Casino Peter Corris , Neutral Bay : Bantam Books , 1994 Z105477 1994 single work novel crime detective

'Cliff Hardy is flattered to be offered the job as head of security at the new Sydney casion. But the thought of office hours and wearing a suit put him off and her refuses in facour of his friend, Scot Galvani.

'When Galvani is murdered and the police are indifferent and the widow pleads with Hardy to help, how can he refuse?

'In the course of his investigation he takes the job at the casino, meets the attractive but unpredictable Vita Drewe and adds to his list of enemies. Galvani's killers are closer to home than Hardy anticipated; his life is on the line and so is his relationship with Glen Withers.' (Publication summary)

19
y The Washington Club : A Cliff Hardy Novel Peter Corris , Moorebank : Bantam Books , 1997 Z298329 1997 single work novel crime detective

'The Washington Club takes Cliff Hardy, Australia's favorite PI, to the edge. He might never work again

'Claudia Fleischman is beautiful, rich, intelligent... and has just been charged with the murder of her developer husband.

'Hardy, hired to look into the background of the case, is soon up to his neck in trouble. When his car is blown up and then a friend is killed, Cliff finds himself with a personal stake in the action. His investigations introduce him to the shadowy world of corporate high-fliers at Sydney's exclusive Washington Club and bring him into contact with loose canon 'Haitch' Henderson and his soft but unpleasant pimp of a son, Noel.

In one of his grittiest cases ever, Hardy has to take drastic action before the pieces fall into place and very rough justice is seen to be done.' (Publication summary)

20
y Forget Me If You Can : Cliff Hardy Stories Peter Corris , Moorebank : Bantam Books , 1997 Z60284 1997 selected work short story crime detective

'Even when he's not involved in a major case, PI Cliff Hardy's life is far from routine.

In these stories a whistleblower is himself betrayed, a son turns against his father, brothers feud, men are harassed by women, and things are never quite what they seem... Whether on the familiar streets of Sydney or out of town, Hardy's cases don't always have tidy endings - and sometimes he has to take the law into his own hands.' (Publication summary)

21
y The Reward : A Cliff Hardy Novel Peter Corris , Sydney : Bantam Books , 1997 Z562312 1997 single work novel crime detective

'With his PEA licence restored and strapped for cash, Cliff Hardy is reluctantly drawn into a scheme to claim the reward on a 17-year-old abduction case.

'Hardy is distracted by a hot new lover, but when one of the schemers ends up dead, the case gets his full attention. Who paid the cops to suppress the ransom note and how come they're always one step ahead of Hardy?' (Publication summary)

22
y The Black Prince : A Cliff Hardy Novel Peter Corris , Moorebank : Bantam Books , 1998 Z7765 1998 single work novel crime detective

'Sex, sport and steroids - an explosive mix.

'They called him the Black Prince. Southwestern Uni's top athlete, Clinton seemed to have it all: he was destined for sporting stardom and lucky in love - then it all went terribly wrong.

'Now Clinton won't rest until he's avenged his girlfriend's death. He's after the dealer who sold Angie bad steroids and nothing's going to get in his way. Can Cliff Hardy find him before he ends up on a murder charge - or dead? The trail leads the Sydney PI all the way to an Aboriginal community in Far North Queensland and back to the shadowy world of illegal boxing.' (Publication summary)

23
y The Other Side of Sorrow : A Cliff Hardy Novel Peter Corris , Milsons Point : Bantam Books , 1999 Z86295 1999 single work novel crime detective

'Corruption, murder and a missing girl: routine for Cliff Hardy - except this time it's personal.

'Cliff Hardy is stunned to get a phone call from his ex-wife Cynthia. It's been over 20 years since she last shouted she never wanted to see him again... and she was never a woman to change her mind. But that surprise is nothing to the bombshell Cynthia is about to drop. Dying of cancer, she's desperate to get in contact with the daughter she gave up for adoption - and the daughter in question, she confesses, is Cliff's!

A shocked but sceptical Cliff agrees to search for their missing daughter. But this is never going to be a straightforward investigation...' (Publication summary)

24
y Lugarno : A Cliff Hardy Novel Peter Corris , Milsons Point : Bantam Books , 2001 Z901627 2001 single work novel crime detective

'I was about to punch in the number when a man loomed up beside me. When I say loomed I mean loomed - he was tall and wide with a shaven head, and the pale hand that plucked the mobile from my grasp and threw it away was super-sized.

'Hey,' I protested.

'He just stood there, a pace away now - a hundred kilos of bone and muscle in T-shirt and jeans. I had a gun and a tyre iron and I thought I'd need both to make an impression on him, but they were in the car. For now, it was just me.

When it's only 24 hours into a new case and PI Cliff Hardy's already been heavied, you know that the job is going to get his full attention. Cliff has been hired by high-flying consultant Martin Price to find out who's been supplying heroin to Price's teenage daughter - who in turn has got her beautiful young stepmother hooked.

'The leafy, well-heeled suburb of Lugarno seems an unlikely hotbed of drug-dealing and corruption, but Cliff is finding out the hard way that crime and violence come calling even at posh waterside addressed.' (Publication summary)

25
y Salt and Blood : A Cliff Hardy Novel Peter Corris , Sydney : Bantam Books , 2002 Z973293 2002 single work novel crime detective

'I reached gingerly to the back of my head and felt the blood in my hair and the tenderness underneath it. How do they check if a footballer's concussed? Ask him if knows what day it is. I thought I did. I was pretty sure.

An old flame, Glen Withers, has come back into Cliff Hardy's life - but this time it's strictly business.

'Former policewoman Glen is now a PI too, and with a much classier clientele than Cliff's - she's been told 'money's no object' by her latest, a wealthy family from Sydney's eastern suburbs. Together, Cliff and Glen take on the case of Rodney St John Harkness, recent inmate of a mental institution and a recovering alcoholic with a murky, possibly murderous, history. But Glen is also a recovering alcoholic - and the combination proves disastrous.

'When Rod and Glen vanish, Hardy finds himself in a race against time to untangle Harkness' tortured past and find the pair. The trail leads up to the central coast and some of Sydney's best known beaches. Will Cliff be in time, or will the 'salty tang of blood' fill the air?' (Publication summary)

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y Master's Mates Peter Corris , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2003 Z1054259 2003 single work novel crime detective

'When rich, attractive Lorraine Master hires Cliff Hardy to investigate the circumstances surrounding her husband's conviction for smuggling heroin from New Caledonia, Hardy welcomes the assignment. A week on generous expenses sniffing about under the tropical sky, escape from a cold, dry spell in Sydney - just the job. But Stewart Master's mates in Noumea prove to be a difficult and dangerous bunch.

'The danger follows Hardy back to Sydney where he and his client become targets when an intricate conspiracy goes seriously wrong. Hardy deals with a tricky lawyer, a man on the run and Sydney's most corrupt ex-cop. He has allies as well, but in the end his survival will depend on his own guts, experience and savvy.' (Publication summary)

27
y The Coast Road Peter Corris , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2004 Z1121697 2004 single work novel crime detective

'Wealthy Frederick Farmer died when his weekender burned to the ground. Death by accident, the police found. But his daughter, Dr Elizabeth Farmer, a feisty academic who resembles the younger Germaine Green, hires Cliff Hardy to investigate. Is her only motive jealousy of her father's attractive second wife, now very rich?

'Hardy's search takes hims from the Illawarra escarpment to Wollongong and Port Kembla, and the police are far from co-operative as he tries to unravel the truth. He has his hands full when a panic-stricken call leads to a second case - the search for the precocious daughter of Marisha Karatsky, an exotic, dark-eyed interpreter who gets well and truly under Hardy's guard.

'Hardy has narrow escapes and people die as his probing hits nerves. Corrupt cops, compromised insurance agents, feral bikies as well as a few good guys are drawn into the maelstrom. Hardy battles on through personal turmoil and vicious opposition with all outcomes uncertain and justice a remote ideal' (Publication summary)

28
y Taking Care of Business : Cliff Hardy Cases Peter Corris , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2004 Z1166715 2004 selected work short story crime detective

'Cliff Hardy is no financial genius. But in Taking Care of Business he pursues white-collar crime with the same doggedness he applies to his more downmarket villains.

Hardy's tasks are many and his clients are from all walks of life. He is minder for Thomas Whitney, the highly strung whistleblower, whose company is siphoning money off through Vanuatu. He is hired by computer genius Charles Marriott, whose shady dot com partner wants the control of the business and is letting nothing and no one get in his way. And ever keen for some spare cash, he even takes a case from Spiro, his local florist, whose son seems to be involved in some very dodgy business involving tobacco and big bucks.

'This collection of stories featuring Australia's favourite PI is fast-paced and entertaining. It reads in the best Corris style.' (Publication summary)

29
y Saving Billie Peter Corris , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2005 Z1229432 2005 single work novel crime detective

'When journalist Louise Kramer hires Cliff Hardy to find Billie Marchant, Hardy heads for unfamiliar territory of the far southwestern suburbs of Sydney. Billie claims to have information about media big-wheel Jonas Clement - the subject of an incriminating expose by Kramer. Clement doesn't want Billie found and Clement's enemies want to find her first.

'Hardy tracks Billie down, but 'saving Billie' means not only rescuing her, it means saving her from herself. Billie, ex-stripper, sometime hooker and druggie, is a handful. Hardy gets help from members of the Pacific islander community and others, but the enemies close in and he is soon fighting on several different fronts.

Clement and his chief rival, Barclay Greaves, have heavies in the field, and Hardy has to negotiate his way through their divided loyalties. Some negotiations involve cunning but others involve guns. The action takes place against the backdrop of the Federal election campaign, and all outcomes are uncertain.' (Publication summary)

30
y The Undertow Peter Corris , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2006 Z1333046 2006 single work novel crime

'Frank Parker, retired senior policeman and Cliff Hardy's long time friend, has a problem. A case from early in his career involving two doctors, one of whom was convicted of hiring a hit man to kill the other and went to gaol for the crime, is coming back to haunt him. The convicted, now dead doctor may have been innocent, and Parker had been the lover of the beautiful Catherine Castiglione, the doctor's wife.

'Hardy tracks back through the now ageing names and faces, trying to tease out the truth. If the doctor was set up, who was responsible and why? Along the way Hardy encounters dodgy plastic surgeons, a broken-down ex-copper, a voyeuristic cripple and a hireling who wields a mean baseball bat.

'A charismatic player is the son of Catherine Castiglione, a super-bright charmer, who just may be Frank Parker's love child. Animosities, arrogance and ambition create a spider's web around the violence that breaks out as Hardy searches for the spider.' (Publisher's blurb)

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y Appeal Denied Peter Corris , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2007 Z1381152 2007 single work novel crime detective

'Stripped of his investigator's licence and with his appeal denied, Cliff Hardy faces an uncertain future. Then something very personal happens that sends him off doing what he does best - confronting, questioning, provoking violence - with the lack of credentials not an issue.

'Is policewoman Jane Farrow bent or straight? Will vertically challenged but charismatic media star Lee Townsend be a help or an obstacle? Taking and dealing out punishment, mostly on Sydney's North Shore, Hardy encounters corrupt cops, bereft wives and computer geeks. In a shadowy showdown at Balmoral Beach, Hardy sorts out those who need to be sorted, but his future remains even more clouded than before.' (Publisher's blurb)

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y The Big Score Peter Corris , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2007 Z1439063 2007 selected work short story crime

'In this new collection of shot stories, Cliff Hardy has his hands full with murder, blackmail, embezzlement and more. True to form, Cliff doesn't waste words or pull punches as he untangles an ugly divorce, investigates the killing of a Glebe drinking buddy, and takes care of a nasty case of blackmail. The eleven tales are set in Cliff's Sydney, a place with no shortage of thugs, mid-morning beers and crooked cops.' (Publication summary)

33
y Open File Peter Corris , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2008 Z1473474 2008 single work novel crime 'Cliff Hardy, with his PI licence cancelled and his career in Sydney at an end, is preparing for a trip overseas. Cleaning out his office, he comes across an open file - an unresolved case from the 1980s. He starts reading and is thrown back to his investigation of the disappearance of Justin Hampshire. At first glance a straightforward missing person matter, the investigation took on twists and turns involving military history, Sydney criminals and corruption at high levels. The Hampshire case took Cliff from the south coast to the Blue Mountains and posed some unresolved questions which have preyed on his mind for 20 years . . .' (Publisher's blurb)
34
y Deep Water Peter Corris , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1554857 2009 single work novel crime detective

'Stripped of his private detective licence and devastated by the murder of his partner Lily Truscott, Cliff Hardy travels to the US to help Lily's brother's tilt for a world boxing title. In San Diego he suffers a heart attack and undergoes a quadruple bypass. He meets nurse Margaret McKinley, an expatriate Australian who is concerned about the disappearance in Sydney of her father - renowned geologist Dr Henry McKinley.

'Hardy takes on the investigation, and it turns out that McKinley had discovered a way to tap into the massive Sydney basin aquifer, a possible solution to the city's water problems. Working with Margaret and his daughter Megan, Hardy confronts an old enemy and opposing forces of big business bent on exploiting the discovery - and prepared to kill for it.

'Energised by the case and by his attachment to Margaret, Hardy obeys the strict rules for the restoration of his health - but in pursuing the truth and the malefactors, he makes his own rules.'

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y Torn Apart Peter Corris , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2010 Z1657352 2010 single work novel crime

'Hardy has never been much of a family man, so when he meets his second cousin Patrick Malloy it's like being hit with a left hook to the solar plexus - Malloy is his double. Cliff and his cousin become friends and travel to attend a gathering of the Irish Travell - the gypsy-like folk from whom they are descended. On their return, Malloy is brutally murdered - but was the shotgun blast intended for him or for Hardy? Hardy is de-licensed, semi-retired ... but this investigation is personal. The plot becomes still more personal when Malloy's ex-wife, Sheila, comes onto the scene. Hardy has his own enemies and Malloy's to consider as he searches for the killer. Clues point in many directions - to Sheila's motives, to Malloy's suspect business dealings, to his time as a mercenary in Angola.

The search takes Hardy north to a para-military training camp and south to a meeting of Traveller descendants in Kangaroo Valley. Other players have other interests and their playing style is ruthless.' (From the publisher's website.)

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y Follow the Money Peter Corris , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2011 Z1752528 2011 single work novel crime detective

'Cliff Hardy may still have the moves but he's in trouble. The economy's tanking and he's been conned by an unscrupulous financial advisor and lost everything he's got. Cliff only knows one way, and that's forward, so he's following the money trail.

'It's a twisted road that leads him down deep into Sydney's underbelly, into the territory of big money, bent deals, big yachts and bad people. Cliff's in greater danger than ever before, but he's as tenacious as a dog with a bone.' (From the publisher's website.)

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y Comeback Peter Corris , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2012 Z1835024 2012 single work novel crime detective 'Cliff Hardy has his licence back - but does he still have what it takes to cut it as a PI on the streets of Sydney? Cliff reckons the skills are still there, if a little rusty, and actor Bobby Forrest's case looks promising. As well as a complex client who may not be all he seems, the players include his compelling lover, a rejected, threatening woman and various media power brokers. When Bobby is killed Hardy becomes the client of his father, a man with a shady past and his own problems with the law. A range of suspects and motives test Hardy's powers, as his investigations take him through inner Sydney, the city's west, the central coast and the Wollondilly Plains. He encounters prostitutes, corporate movers and shakers, cops, and a would-be golf guru. A media magnate's kick-boxing assistant poses a threat and only Hardy's experience, resilience, and persistence bring him to a shock understanding of what it has all been about.' (Trove record)
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y The Dunbar Case Peter Corris , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2013 Z1909259 2013 single work novel crime 'Private Investigator Cliff Hardy's 39th case sees him leaving the mean streets of Sydney for Newcastle, investigating what a famous 19th century shipwreck has to do with a multi-million dollar heist with a cast of characters that shouldn't be trusted.

This wasn't Hardy's usual brief--uncover the mysteries of a nineteenth-century shipwreck--but he could do with an easy case and the retainer was generous. But is it ever that simple? Not with a notorious crime family tearing itself apart, and an undercover cop playing both sides against the middle. These and an alluring but fiercely ambitious female journalist give Hardy all the trouble he can handle. 'Ever feel manipulated?' Hardy asks. The body count mounts up as he pushes closer to the truth about the mystery and the loot.' (Publisher's blurb)
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y Silent Kill Peter Corris , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2014 6898794 2014 single work novel crime mystery

'When Cliff Hardy signs on as a bodyguard for charismatic populist Rory O'Hara, who is about to embark on a campaign of social and political renewal, it looks like a tricky job - O'Hara has enemies. A murder and a kidnapping cause the campaign to fall apart.

'Hired to investigate the murder, Hardy uncovers hidden agendas among O'Hara's staff as well as powerful political and commercial forces at work. His investigation takes him from the pubs and brothels of Sydney to the heart of power in Canberra and the outskirts of Darwin. There he teams up with a resourceful indigenous private detective and forms an uneasy alliance with the beautiful Penelope Marinos, formerly O'Hara's PA.

'A rogue intelligence agent becomes his target and Hardy stumbles upon a terrible secret that draws them into a violent - and disturbing - confrontation.' (Publisher's blurb)

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y Gun Control Peter Corris , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2015 8359321 2015 single work novel crime

'Is Sydney gun city? It certainly seems so when Cliff Hardy is hired by entrepreneur and one-time pistol-shooting champion Timothy Greenhall to investigate the violent death of his troubled son. Soon Hardy is pitched into a world of crooked cops - former members of the Gun Control Unit - outlaw bikies and honest police trying to quietly clean the stables.

'Two more murders raise the stakes and relationships are stretched to breaking point. Hardy hooks up with a determined policewoman and forms an unlikely alliance with a charismatic bikie chief.

'Uncovering the tangled conspiracy behind the murders takes Hardy to the Blue Mountains and Camden, to plush legal chambers and a confrontation in an inner-west park - all against the roar of 750cc engines.' (Publication summary)

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y That Empty Feeling Peter Corris , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2016 8976785 2016 single work novel crime

'An unexpected obituary takes Cliff Hardy on a trip down memory lane to a case he's been trying to forget for twenty years: oil, fraud, boxing, racing - and murder.

'One case still haunts Hardy ...

'Legendary PI Cliff Hardy has reached an age when the obituaries have become part of his reading, and one triggers his memory of a case in the late 1980s. Back then Sydney was awash with colourful characters, and Cliff is reminded of a case involving 'Ten-Pound Pom' Barry Bartlett and racing identity and investor Sir Keith Mountjoy.

'Bartlett, a former rugby league player and boxing manager, then a prosperous property developer, had hired Hardy to check on the bona fides of young Ronny Saunders, newly arrived from England, and claiming to be Bartlett's son from an early failed marriage. The job brought Hardy into contact with Richard Keppler, head of the no-rules Botany Security Systems, Bronwen Marr, an undercover AFP operative, and sworn adversary Des O'Malley.

'At a time when corporate capitalism was running riot, an embattled Hardy searched for leads - was Ronny Saunders a pawn in a game involving big oil and fraud on an international scale? Two murders raise the stakes and with the sinister figure of Lady Betty Lee Mountjoy pulling the strings, it was odds against a happy outcome.' (Publication summary)

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Life Writes Its Way into Character Marc McEvoy , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 19 April 2009; (p. 10-11)
Marc McEvoy writes that Peter Corris's surgery to 'rewire two arteries from his heart' provided 'great fodder' for the novel Deep Water.
Australian Confidential: Australian Crime Fiction Anthony May , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Making Books : Contemporary Australian Publishing 2007; (p. 305-314)
In Short : Brief Crimes Down Under Marvin Lachman , 2004-2005 single work column
— Appears in: Mystery Readers Journal , Winter vol. 20 no. 4 2004-2005; (p. 45-46)
form y Dead Quick Peter Corris , Australia : ABC Television , 1994 Z134953 1994 single work film/TV biography

Narrated by crime author Peter Corris, Dead Quick is a documentary exploring Corris's influences and writing style, the geographical setting of his Cliff Hardy detective novels, and their place within the detective/crime genre. The progam also touches on Corris's biography of Fred Hollows.

The documentary includes some dramatised excerpts from his works.

Australian Confidential: Australian Crime Fiction Anthony May , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Making Books : Contemporary Australian Publishing 2007; (p. 305-314)
Life Writes Its Way into Character Marc McEvoy , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 19 April 2009; (p. 10-11)
Marc McEvoy writes that Peter Corris's surgery to 'rewire two arteries from his heart' provided 'great fodder' for the novel Deep Water.
In Short : Brief Crimes Down Under Marvin Lachman , 2004-2005 single work column
— Appears in: Mystery Readers Journal , Winter vol. 20 no. 4 2004-2005; (p. 45-46)
form y Dead Quick Peter Corris , Australia : ABC Television , 1994 Z134953 1994 single work film/TV biography

Narrated by crime author Peter Corris, Dead Quick is a documentary exploring Corris's influences and writing style, the geographical setting of his Cliff Hardy detective novels, and their place within the detective/crime genre. The progam also touches on Corris's biography of Fred Hollows.

The documentary includes some dramatised excerpts from his works.

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