The Sim­ple Death

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss - Mary Ver­non Mary Ver­non

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

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