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'The early 1980s found Cliff Hardy well established as a private investigator but still battling his demons...A case in Bondi attracts him as an ex-surfer and admirer of the suburb. It began as a routine investigation into a supposed drowning, but Hardy soon finds himself literally fighting for his life in the murky, violent underworld of Bondi.' (Source: back cover, 2003 Allen and Unwin edition)
'Yes, the old crowd had gathered at Aunt Alice's once again - to pick apples against a chilly orchard setting. Beneath the surface was the usual boiling jealousies, frustrations and uneasy gaps between the generations and in-laws. Or was there something different about this year?' (Source: back cover, 1988 edition)