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Is part of Murray Whelan Mysteries Shane Maloney , 1994- series - author novel (number 1 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 1994... 1994 Stiff
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'The first Murray Whelan adventure

'The fiddle at the Pacific Pastoral meat-packing works was a nice little earner for all concerned until Herb Gardiner reported finding a body in number 3 chiller. An accident, of course, but just the excuse a devious political operator might grab to stir up trouble with the unions.

'Enter Murray Whelan, minder, fixer and general dogsbody for the Minister of Industry. Between playing of party factions and pursuing the kohl-eyed Ayisha, it’s all in a day’s work for Murray to hose down the situation at Pacific Pastoral.

'Then the lairy V8 turns up. And after that, it gets personal. Because don’t you just hate it when somebody tries to kill you and you don’t know who or why?' (Publication summary)

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Stiff John Clarke , ( dir. John Clarke ) Australia : Ruby Entertainment Huntaway Films Seven Network , 2004 Z1123378 2004 single work film/TV crime humour

'A body found in the freezer of the Meatworks in Murray's boss Agnelli's electorate causes panic in the ranks. Agnelli sees it as a Machiavellian plot by his political rivals to stir up trouble with the unions and precipitate his demise.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 5/4/2013)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Christine, my kind of funding body.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • East Melbourne, East Melbourne - Richmond area, Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 1994 .
      Extent: 217p.
      Reprinted: 1996 , 1998
      ISBN: 1875847006 (pbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Arcade ,
      1999 .
      Extent: 227p.
      Edition info: 1st American ed.
      ISBN: 1559704810
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Murray Whelan Trilogy Shane Maloney , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2001 Z1125061 2001 selected work novel crime humour Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2001
    • Edinburgh,
      c
      Scotland,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Canongate ,
      2005 .
      Extent: 294p.
      ISBN: 1841955310
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2012 .
      image of person or book cover 4794667930292542263.jpg
      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: xiv, 276p.p.
      Note/s:
      ISBN: 9781921922251 (pbk.)
      Series: y separately published work icon Text Classics Text Publishing (publisher), Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2012- Z1851461 2012 series - publisher novel 'Great books by great Australian storytellers.' (Text website.)
Alternative title: Viande froide a Melbourne
Language: French

Works about this Work

Untitled Lisa Dempster , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , no. 14 2012; (p. 25)

— Review of Stiff Shane Maloney , 1994 single work novel
Melbourne by the Book John Bailey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 12 August 2012; (p. 8-9)
Crime Scenes : The Importance of Place in Australian Crime Fiction Michael X. Savvas , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journeying and Journalling : Creative and Critical Meditations on Travel Writing 2010; (p. 204-213)
'There are eight million stories about crime fiction. And this is one of them. There are two main ways in which writers use place in crime fiction. The first way is to use place to help create a certain mood and atmosphere. The second way is to use the geographical or physical features of a place imaginatively as a plot device. Sometimes the journeys that are made by characters in crime fiction serve to remind us as readers of these two major devices. Although historically a lot of Australian crime fiction has not focused on place in terms of setting, this is changing as Australia continues to change. (Author's introduction, 204)
Untitled Mary Helen Becker , 2004-2005 single work review
— Appears in: Mystery Readers Journal , Winter vol. 20 no. 4 2004-2005; (p. 44)

— Review of Stiff Shane Maloney , 1994 single work novel ; The Brush-Off Shane Maloney , 1996 single work novel ; Nice Try Shane Maloney , 1998 single work novel ; The Big Ask : A Murray Whelan Novel Shane Maloney , 2000 single work novel ; Something Fishy : A Murray Whelan Thriller Shane Maloney , 2002 single work novel
'Something Brand New on the Skyline' : Renovating the City in Contemporary Australian Detective Fiction Robert Beardwood , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Writing and the City : Refereed Proceedings of the 1999 Conference Held at the New South Wales Writers' Centre Sydney 2-6 July 1999 2000; (p. 101-107)
Untitled Mary Helen Becker , 2004-2005 single work review
— Appears in: Mystery Readers Journal , Winter vol. 20 no. 4 2004-2005; (p. 44)

— Review of Stiff Shane Maloney , 1994 single work novel ; The Brush-Off Shane Maloney , 1996 single work novel ; Nice Try Shane Maloney , 1998 single work novel ; The Big Ask : A Murray Whelan Novel Shane Maloney , 2000 single work novel ; Something Fishy : A Murray Whelan Thriller Shane Maloney , 2002 single work novel
Untitled Lisa Dempster , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , no. 14 2012; (p. 25)

— Review of Stiff Shane Maloney , 1994 single work novel
Despite Rumours, Renaissance is Alive and Well Stuart Coupe , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 August 1994; (p. 11A)

— Review of Pig's Head David Owen , 1994 single work novel ; A Mortality Tale Jay Verney , 1994 single work novel ; Stiff Shane Maloney , 1994 single work novel ; Reprisal Peter Yeldham , 1994 single work novel
Crime Novels Show Depth of Local Talent Lee Eeles , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 August 1994; (p. C10)

— Review of Reprisal Peter Yeldham , 1994 single work novel ; Stiff Shane Maloney , 1994 single work novel
Is There Any Justice? Not in the Literary Underworld Stuart Coupe , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 10 July 1994; (p. 8)

— Review of More Deaths Than One Robert English , 1994 single work novel ; Stiff Shane Maloney , 1994 single work novel
Untitled Peter Craven , 1994 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 6 July 1994; (p. 28)
Crime Scenes : The Importance of Place in Australian Crime Fiction Michael X. Savvas , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journeying and Journalling : Creative and Critical Meditations on Travel Writing 2010; (p. 204-213)
'There are eight million stories about crime fiction. And this is one of them. There are two main ways in which writers use place in crime fiction. The first way is to use place to help create a certain mood and atmosphere. The second way is to use the geographical or physical features of a place imaginatively as a plot device. Sometimes the journeys that are made by characters in crime fiction serve to remind us as readers of these two major devices. Although historically a lot of Australian crime fiction has not focused on place in terms of setting, this is changing as Australia continues to change. (Author's introduction, 204)
Melbourne by the Book John Bailey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 12 August 2012; (p. 8-9)
Northern Disclosure Peter Wilmoth , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 3 July 1994; (p. 7)
'Something Brand New on the Skyline' : Renovating the City in Contemporary Australian Detective Fiction Robert Beardwood , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Writing and the City : Refereed Proceedings of the 1999 Conference Held at the New South Wales Writers' Centre Sydney 2-6 July 1999 2000; (p. 101-107)
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