The Simple Death
By Michael Duffy Allen & Unwin $ 29.99
THERE are so many plots and moral dilemmas in this, Duffy’s second novel featuring Detective Nicholas Troy that it’s far from simple. There’s the man who may or may not have been pushed overboard from a Manly ferry. The only witness is unreliable to say the least, but as Troy investigates the incident gets murkier. At the same time, a respectable middle-aged public servant, Leila, is smuggling drugs into the country in order to help her dying mother shuffle off this mortal coil. Troy finds it difficult to concentrate on these various strands since his wife has left him and the priest who brought him up is dying in a hospice under the cloud of child molestation accusations. Worse still, he’s admitted to the charges although Troy finds it i mpossible t o beli eve him. Meanwhile Leila’s mother has died a peaceful death but the nurses who helped her have come under suspicion. Simple is what this book is not, but it’s a cracking read nonetheless and one which will keep you guessing right to the end.
In a word: Satisfying