Thursday, July 2, 2015
Review of Dunbar Case by Peter Corris (Allen & Unwin, 2013)
The Dunbar Case is the thirty eighth book in the Cliff Hardy series set in Australia. It’s a fairly standard independent, headstrong, tough guy PI tale, where the lead character takes a bit of punishment, has a romantic fling, and somehow manages to survive the shenanigans in which he finds himself involved. The tale is more than a paint-by-numbers case, with Corris blending a historical and contemporary plotlines to good effect, but it did feel a little paint-by-numbers in style, lacking a certain edginess to the writing and relying on a few plot devices to tie things together. Overall, a competently told, entertaining PI tale from down under.