Bear Pit


Author: Jon Cleary
First Published: 2000

On the eve of the Sydney Olympic games, the city’s great and good assemble to celebrate the opening of a new luxury hotel complex. But the gala takes a grisly turn when State Premier Hans Vanderberg is assassinated by a sniper.

In his twenty years at the head of the Labor Party The Dutchman had made a number of enemies. Even within his own party, rivals who felt he had reached his sell-by date were clamouring for his retirement. But who wanted him out of the way badly enough to hire a hitman? And with ruthless casino boss Jack Aldwych and his son flanking the Premier at the time of the shooting, who can be sure that the hitman found his true target?

As if political ‘skulbuggery’ and high-stakes gambling weren’t enough to contend with, Inspector Scobie Malone finds that his daughter Maureen, now a tabloid-TV journalist, is working the same case – with terrifying consequences.

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