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Meet Cliff Hardy. Smoker, drinker, ex-boxer. And private investigator. When the wealthy Bryn Gutteridge hires Hardy to help his sister, it looks as if blackmail is the problem.

Until the case becomes more brutal, twisted and shocking than even Hardy could have guessed.

'A quintessentially Australian literary icon.' Age

Introduction by Charles Waterstreet.

Peter Corris's first Cliff Hardy novel, The Dying Trade, was published in 1980. It not only introduced a sleuth who was to become an enduring legend, but was also a long love letter to the seamy side of Sydney itself. Over more than three decades Corris has now written thirty-eight Cliff Hardy books, and the city of Sydney is as significant a presence in the books as the figure of Hardy. The third in the series, The Empty Beach, was made into a film starring Bryan Brown. In 1999 Corris was presented with a Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award.

Charles Waterstreet is author of the memoirs Precious Bodily Fluids and Repeating the Leaving. He was co-creator of Rake, the award-winning ABC series. He is currently writing the third volume of his memoirs.

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The Dying Trade: Text Classics
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Classic crime & hard man Hardy
January 21st, 2015
Great read - developed a few interesting twists. Cliff Hardy is a great lead man - tough, sensitive & a low tolerance for rubbish. The book paints a vivid picture of 1990s Sydney - complete with the distant experiences & memories of a pre-digital society. I am a bit slow on the Corris uptake but I am now a huge fan.
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