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Mark Abernethy Mark Abernethy i(A107940 works by)
Also writes as: Mark Aitken
Born: Established: 1964 ;
Gender: Male
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Mark Abernethy has worked as a speechwriter, journalist, ghost writer and novelist. He is a former editor at Australian Penthouse magazine and has also written for the Bulletin and the Australian Financial Review.

Source: Allen and Unwin website,
Sighted: 18/07/2007

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

The Contractor 2017 single work biography

'I fix things. I can build you a house or remodel your bathroom. I can also make bad situations - and bad people - disappear.'

'Meet Mike. Runs a building site, drives a ute, likes a beer, loves his nail-gun.

'But Mike is hiding in plain sight. When the Pentagon call him in as 'Big Unit', he's another kind of contractor - one as handy with a Colt M4 as he is with a Skilsaw, a man as accustomed to danger, death, and pain as he is to a hammer and nails.

'In six action-packed true stories we follow a man who left foreign intelligence for a life 'on the tools', only to discover there's too many dangerous scenarios and terrible people still out there. The good guys need a James Bond in Blundstones. They need The Contractor.

'Tradie. Spy. Big Unit.

'Follow Big Unit as he goes undercover to save a family trapped by an ISIS-run drug cartel in the seedy back streets of Northern Pakistan to terrorist-besieged Paris to a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with Australia's most wanted murderer.' (Publication Summary)

2018 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best True Crime
The Golden Serpent 2007 single work novel thriller

'Alan McQueen, aka Mac, was once a star of the global intelligence community, renowned for being the Aussie spook who shot and killed Abu Sabaya, the world's most dangerous terrorist.

'But that was 2002.

'Now, during a routine assignment in Indonesia, McQueen discovers that Sabaya is not in fact dead. Instead he's teamed up with rogue CIA veteran Peter Garrison and is armed with a cache of stolen VX nerve agent he's threatening to deploy in a dramatic and deadly manner.

'Battling to stay one step ahead of Sabaya's hit-men, CIA double-agents and deep corruption within Australian intelligence, Mac must find the stolen VX before it's too late. His mission will take him on a chase through South-East Asia and test all of his considerable courage and ingenuity.' (Publisher's blurb)

2008 nominated Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best First Novel
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