Shane Maloney i(67 works by)
Born: Established: 1953 Hamilton, Hamilton (Vic) area, Western District, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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Shane Maloney studied politics and Asian history at the Australian National University and was a director of the Melbourne Comedy Festival. He was appointed an honorary visiting fellow in the School of Communication, Arts and Critical Inquiry at La Trobe University, Melbourne, in 2005 ('Funny Fellow Maloney Chases the Infinitive', The Age 10 September 2005, Review p.6). At various times Maloney has been booking agent for rock bands, promotions manager for Melbourne public radio station 3RRR, public relations director for the Boy Scouts Association, an arts bureaucrat for state and local government, cultural director for Melbourne's bid to host the 1996 Olympics and, finally, a swimming pool lifeguard.

In addition to his novels, Maloney writes columns, travel stories, articles and book reviews for various newspapers, magazines and anthologies. These have included his 'Encounters' page in the Monthly. Two of his books, Stiff and The Brush-Off, have been produced as movies with David Wenham in the role of Murray Whelan. The movies were released in Australia in 2004 and New Zealand in 2006.

Awards for Works

Sucked In , The Next Murray Whelan Trilogy , 2007 single work novel crime detective humour Now pushing fifty, Murray Whelan is spinning his wheels in parliament, a toothless cog in a stalled political machine. The millennium is coming but the prospect of Labor regaining power is utterly remote. But when the remains of a long-dead union official are found in dried-up Lake Nillahcootie, Murray soon gets sucked into murky waters. For a start, it seems that his old mate Charlie Talbot was implicated. But Charlie has just dropped dead of a coronary occlusion in the dining room of the Mildura Grand Hotel, leaving a grieving widow and a lot of unanswered questions. The press is sniffing around and Labor's enemies are lining up for a free kick. And then there's the blackmail attempt. And as if that wasn't enough there's an ALP preselection brawl arcing up. (Back cover)
2008 nominated Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
2007 shortlisted The Age Book of the Year Award Fiction Prize
The Brush-Off , The Murray Whelan Trilogy , 1996 single work novel crime humour
1997 winner Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Australian Crime Novel Award