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Barry Maitland Barry Maitland i(A115 works by)
Born: Established: 1941 Paisley,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1984
Heritage: Scottish
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1 y separately published work icon The Russian Wife Barry Maitland , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 23161235 2021 single work novel crime thriller

'When the Russian wife of the owner of one of the most valuable private collections of modern art in the UK is found dead, Detective Chief Inspector David Brock is drawn into a high-stakes world very different to his own. From the dealers and galleries in London's West End, his investigations take him to Hanover, Miami and New York on the trail of international forgery and fraud.

'At the same time, his old colleague Detective Chief Inspector Kathy Kolla, who now leads one of the Metropolitan Police Murder Investigation teams, finds herself at the wrong end of a corruption charge. With her whole career in the balance, she will do almost anything to clear her name.'

Source : publisher's blurb

1 y separately published work icon The Promised Land Barry Maitland , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 14811530 2019 single work novel crime detective mystery

'Newly promoted Detective Chief Inspector Kathy Kolla investigates a series of brutal murders on Hampstead Heath. Under intense pressure to find answers, she arrests the unlikely figure of John Pettigrew, a failing London publisher who lives alone on the edge of the Heath. Pettigrew's lawyer calls on recently retired David Brock for advice, and soon, unable to resist the pull of investigation, the old colleagues Brock and Kolla are at loggerheads.

'At the heart of the gripping mystery of the Hampstead murders lies a manuscript of an unknown novel by one of the greatest literary figures of the twentieth century. Brock believes that its story will unlock the puzzle, but how?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 1 y separately published work icon Slaughter Park Barry Maitland , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2016 9704947 2016 single work single work novel crime

'In this, the final book of the Belltree Trilogy, DS Harry Belltree has gone bush. His obsessive pursuit of justice has cost him everything:his job, his marriage and his newborn child:but then his estranged wife disappears, leaving their baby daughter behind, and he is dragged back to Sydney. The police think Jenny has murdered a man. Harry thinks she's in danger. When body parts are found maimed and strewn around a suburban park, his former colleagues are distracted by this apparently unrelated case. Harry is left to track Jenny down on his own:and to lay bare, at last, the extraordinary conspiracy that led to his parents' murder.' (Source: Booktopia website)

1 1 y separately published work icon Ash Island Barry Maitland , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2015 8700648 2015 single work novel crime

'Detective Sergeant Harry Belltree, back on the job after a near-fatal confrontation with corrupt colleagues, has become a departmental embarrassment. The solution is a posting away from Sydney and a quiet life in Newcastle.

'Or maybe not so quiet. A body’s been found buried just offshore on Ash Island; there may be more. There’s also Harry’s unfinished business. The car crash that killed his parents and blinded his wife happened not far from Newcastle. And Harry knows it was no accident.

'The other unfinished business is Jenny’s longed-for pregnancy. Which means that now the stakes are higher than ever.' (Publication summary)

1 7 y separately published work icon Crucifixion Creek Barry Maitland , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2014 7472034 2014 single work novel crime

'Homicide detective Harry Belltree wouldn't usually be looking too hard at an elderly couple's suicide pact. Especially now, when his brother-in-law Greg has just been stabbed to death. But it seems Greg and the old couple had ties to the same man, a bent moneylender with friends in high places—and low.

'Harry can't get officially involved in Greg's murder, but he suspects a link with two other mysterious deaths: his parents'. And when he goes off-grid to investigate, that's when things start to get dangerous.

'Set in Sydney, this dark, morally ambiguous and adrenaline-charged new series is a triumphant change of direction for Barry Maitland.' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon The Belltree Trilogy Barry Maitland , 2014 Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2014- 7472000 2014 series - author novel crime
1 Why Crime Barry Maitland , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Journal of Popular Culture , March vol. 3 no. 1 2014; (p. 9-17)
'In this article, the author, an established crime novelist, examines what distinguishes the crime novel form and some of the ways in which it has been regarded by both past and present authors and critics, and with reference to his own practice.' (Publisher's abstract)
1 4 y separately published work icon The Raven's Eye Barry Maitland , Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 2013 6124366 2013 single work novel crime

'DCI David Brock and DI Kathy Kolla, of Scotland Yard, find themselves pulled into a case of murder, a mysterious death among the houseboats that line the canals around greater London

'DI Kathy Kolla of Scotland Yard is called in as a matter of course by the local Paddington police when a woman turns up dead in what appears to be an accident. On her houseboat, Vicky Hawks is found by one of her neighbors having apparently succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning due to improper ventilation of the narrowboat’s heating system. But while the cause of death seems apparent and there’s no reason for Kolla to think otherwise, something about this death still bothers her.

'Meanwhile, her boss, DCI Brock, is wrestling with harsh budget cuts and a new Commander who is determined to make fundamental changes to the system—including limiting resources devoted to investigations. Struggling against the limitations imposed by the new order at Scotland Yard, Brock and Kolla find themselves pulling at the loose strings in the death of Vicky Hawks, trying to find out who she really was, what she was up to, and how her death might be related to another earlier tragic accidental death.' (Publisher's blurb)

1 First Find Some Atmosphere Barry Maitland , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: If I Tell You...I'll Have to Kill You 2013;
1 Blood on the Ghat Barry Maitland , 2011-2012 single work novel crime
1 Barry Maitland : The Books That Changed Me Barry Maitland , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 9 October 2011; (p. 4-5)
Barry Maitland nominates five books that changed him.
1 9 y separately published work icon Chelsea Mansions Barry Maitland , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2011 Z1777525 2011 single work novel crime 'When Nancy Haynes, an elderly American tourist, is brutally murdered in a seemingly senseless attack after visiting the Chelsea Flower Show, DI Kathy Kolla suspects there is more to the case than first appears. When another occupant of the palatial Chelsea Mansions is murdered hot on the heels of the first - but this time a Russian oligarch - everybody wants to get involved.

'Is it a Litvinenko-style KGB assassination? The spooks muscling in certainly think so. Are the murders linked? Or is Nancy's death just the result of mistaken identity? Kathy is determined to dig deeper, but comes up against walls of silence. If she persists, does she risk her career-and possibly more? DCI Brock, meanwhile, faces the fight of his life, as his past comes back to haunt him.

'A crime long buried, a deadly African virus, and some of the most resourceful criminals Brock and Kolla have ever faced, conspire to make this one of Maitland's best mysteries yet.' (From the publisher's website.)
1 Blood Island Barry Maitland , 2010-2011 single work novel crime thriller
1 1 Death Sentence Barry Maitland , Cate Kennedy , Malcolm Knox , John Clanchy , Kel Robertson , 2010 single work short story crime
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 27 February 2010; (p. 13) The Advertiser , 1 March 2010; (p. 51) The Advertiser , 2 March 2010; (p. 53) The Advertiser , 3 March 2010; (p. 59) The Advertiser , 4 March 2010; (p. 33)
1 Blood in the Delta Barry Maitland , 2009 single work novella crime thriller
1 7 y separately published work icon Dark Mirror Barry Maitland , New York (City) : Minotaur Books , 2009 Z1594812 2009 single work novel crime detective mystery

'When Marion Summers - red-haired, beautiful and mysterious - collapses and dies in the rarefied surrounds of the London Library, DI Kathy Kolla and DCI David Brock are sent to head the investigation. Kathy finds a reluctant kinship with the feisty Marion, who had, like Kathy, left a difficult home life when young and struck out to London for independence.

Marion's research on the intriguing, adulterous circle of artists, wives, lovers and muses around Victorian artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti seems irrelevant until the use of arsenic arises. As Brock and Kolla get closer to the truth, another victim dies an excruciating death by poison in a library, and it looks like a serial poisoner is on the loose.' (From the publisher's website.)

1 9 y separately published work icon Bright Air Barry Maitland , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2008 Z1510557 2008 single work novel crime mystery

'Secrets, lies and a deathbed confession lead to a deadly, dangerous trail.

'On a cliff-face in New Zealand, two men fall to their deaths. Four years before, another member of the same close group of university climbing friends, the bright and beautiful Luce, disappeared - supposedly in a climbing accident. As the circle of friends dwindles, two of the surviving members of the group, Luce's ex-lover Josh and best friend Anna, see a new significance in her death. In an attempt to uncover the truth, Josh and Anna follow the trail to Lord Howe Island, where they begin to suspect an island-wide conspiracy to hide what really happened. Had Luce uncovered a dangerous secret - one that was still worth killing for?' (Publisher's blurb)

1 When Catastrophe Calls Barry Maitland , 2007 single work essay
— Appears in: The Age , 16 June 2007; (p. 7)
1 6 y separately published work icon Spider Trap Barry Maitland , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2006 Z1285556 2006 single work novel crime detective mystery Skeletons are discovered in wasteland behind Cockpit Lane, a poor black area of inner south London, and DCI David Brock and DS Kathy Kolla of Scotland Yard's Serious Crimes Branch are called in to investigate. - Back cover.
1 Life's Collage Barry Maitland , 2005 extract novel (No Trace)
— Appears in: The Age , 17 January 2005; (p. 4-5)