What’s not to like?
Oxford and Edinburgh. Great cities, demand great literary detectives.
As his name implies, however, Hardy owes more to the hard-boiled school of American detective fiction than he does to his British counterparts. There are shades of Sam Spade
it seems, ( The Maltese Falcon) and Philip Marlowe ( The Big Sleep) in his laconic wisecracking demeanour and, on one occasion, he self-consciously channels Humphrey Bogart, who played both roles on the screen.
origins, Hardy is unashamedly Australian, albeit one who espouses the cultural pieties of an earlier era. He deplores affectation, mocking Wakefield’s Americanisms and refusing to call petrol ‘‘ gas’’. He’s compassionate, stoical, pragmatic, despises bullies, and lives by a strict personal
Author Peter Corris is the creator of no-nonsense Sydney private investigator Cliff Hardy