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Issue Details: First known date: 2007... 2007 The Plant Novels
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y separately published work icon National Treasure Michael Wilding , Rockhampton : Central Queensland University Press , 2007 Z1363192 2007 single work novel humour 'Scobie Spruce is a celebrity novelist with a serious pill-popping habit and a seriously rich wife, Claudia. But things are beginning to fall apart. His new novel about the body parts industry runs into trouble when his research assistant is beaten up and quits...When Scobie strips naked to a literary lunch of derisive old ladies, Claudia has him banged away in the Bel Ami de-tox clinic. But someone has to write the books and the enigmatic Plant grabs the opportunity...' - back cover
y separately published work icon The Prisoner of Mount Warning Michael Wilding , Rundle Mall/Rundle Street : Press On , 2010 Z1572702 2010 single work novel

'What were the 60s & 70s really about?

How authentic were those stoned revolutionaries?

'What if it was all a fraud?

When small-press bibliographer Charles Dorritt recovers from a breakdown by doing a creative writing course, he announces he is publishing his memoirs of torture and sex-slavery at the hands of the security services.

Plant is called to lunch with the arts editor of a metropolitan broadsheet, life style journalist Angela Dark, and political speechwriter Ghostly Sperrit, all of whom seem deeply concerned the revelations should not appear. They hire Plant to have a word with Dorritt, but Dorritt heads off to Byron Bay and Plant pursues him through the dope lands of northern New South Wales.

A past era of magic mushrooms, free love, American friends, and an alternative newspaper of deep level inauthenticity begins to emerge, something that no one but Plant is keen to see revealed.

From the same college but a different school as John Le Carré, Michael Wilding will open your eyes, and darken your mind, with this vision of the not-so-secret world.' (From the publisher's website.)

y separately published work icon The Magic of It Michael Wilding , Melbourne : Arcadia , 2011 Z1796281 2011 single work novel 'Revisiting his colonial past in Sydney, academic authority on magic Archer Major receives threatening letters. He gets creepy bookseller Mac Arber to hire Plant to investigate their source. When the letters continue, Major imports Plant to Oxford and sets him up in college. Unreconstructed radical Revill is the prime suspect. He claims Major ran a secret service project to neutralize dissidents by black magic, and ruined his career. And Major's dope-smoking wife, Lucy, seems to be having an affair with Revill. Until he is found dead.' (Publisher's blurb)
y separately published work icon Asian Dawn Michael Wilding , Melbourne - North : Arcadia , 2013 6485374 2013 single work novel crime

'Gallery owner Alice Ackerman hires Plant to find her husband, missing in Asia. Plant gets embroiled with the expatriate language teacher Bowles with a penchant for cut-price Bangkok bar-girls, excitable Indian professor Ghosh, a Manila bookseller with impeccable CIA connections, and exotic cabaret singer Anna-Imelda. Drugged and seduced at the Eternal Night Club, kidnapped and imprisoned in Baguio City, PLant is deported from the Philippines. Fired from the case, he is visited in his rural hideaway by the menacing international publisher Starr, whose taste for dangerous sex may be the reason he is later found hanged in a Bangkok hotel. The action moves rapidly through Thailand, India, the Philippines and the Australian Gold Coast.' (Publisher's blurb)

y separately published work icon In the Valley of the Weed Michael Wilding , Kew : Arcadia , 2016 11251934 2016 single work novel crime

'Suspended from his job when his politically incorrect email correspondence is leaked on the internet, Tim Vicars disappears. Is he hiding in shame?

'Is he running away from the erotic complexities of wife, mistress and literary agent?

'Or has his research project on decriminalizing marijuana provoked the growers, dealers and intelligence agencies to direct action?

'Plant, hired to find him, heads off into the Valley of the Weed.' (Publication summary)

y separately published work icon Little Demon Michael Wilding , Kew : Arcadia , 2018 13621799 2018 single work novel crime

'Little Demon finds investigator Plant back in the iconic paradise of Byron Bay, hired by ageing rock ‘n’ roll journalist Rock Richmond whose computer with his history of the alternative communes has been stolen. Plant's rural retreat is invaded by conspiracy theorist Fullalove, who figures Richmond had been writing about rumoured Cold War arms caches and secret militias. Plant’s inquiries involve Rock's wife, a barrister specialising in drug cases, his girlfriend the mysterious Madimi, and caravan park owner and rifle club president Jake, a former army officer who used to run a commune.' (Publication summary)

y separately published work icon The Travel Writer Michael Wilding , Kew : Arcadia , 2018 14693175 2018 single work novel crime

'Liz Lambastier was a successful travel writer. Did she write one last, unpublished book before she died? Plant is hired to find out. It soon becomes evident he is not the only one looking. What could the missing manuscript contain? Memories of the past to haunt a few people? Revelations of sexual opportunism or – these days – allegations of sexual harassment? Or, conspiracy theorist Fullalove speculates, undercover work in sensitive places? From poetry wars to the secret state, from old times good time girl Hilly Fann to Sasha her niece in the library, from monstrous media mogul Murray Brittan to Hacker the editor with nothing left to edit, Plant investigates.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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