WIN, LOSE OR DRAW by Peter Cor­ris, Allen & Un­win.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - LM

I’m so late to the Peter Cor­ris party I’ve ar­rived at the door just as the last guest is leav­ing. Win, Lose or Draw is the 42nd, and, sadly fi­nal, Cliff Hardy book (due to the au­thor’s fail­ing eye­sight). But bet­ter late than never, es­pe­cially when there’s a gritty gumshoe solv­ing crimes in old-fash­ioned, un­ortho­dox ways. Hardy is a strug­gling pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor in a very dif­fer­ent Syd­ney to the one in which he started sleuthing 35 years ago. His last case is ex­tremely cold in­deed. Vau­cluse heiress Juliana Fonteyn, 14, has been miss­ing for more than a year. Her dis­tracted dad, dif­fi­cult brother and crazy step­mother are lit­tle help. But Hardy sniffs out a faint clue and chases it down with not quite enough re­gard for his own safety. It will be hard for long-time fans to say good­bye to the sym­pa­thetic cynic, Mr Hardy.

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