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4.0 out of 5 stars crime novel meets political satire
In many ways Stiff is more of a political satire, than crime novel. Yes, the story charts Whelan's attempt to uncover the reason for the worker's death, but this adventure is used as a foil to expose and point fun at the machinations of political wheeler-dealing at the grassroots level. Mahoney is particularly good at detailing the life of an electorate officer - the...
Published on 9 Aug. 2012 by Rob Kitchin

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I was disappointed in this book. I sort of expected it to be on a par with the quick wit and fast moving story lines of Carl Hiaasen who gets name checked on the back cover of the book.

However I was disappointed. The story is slow paced - the author trying to pack too much into the story much to the detriment of the main plot line, which is easily guessed and...
Published on 11 Oct. 2011 by R. Lowther


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4.0 out of 5 stars crime novel meets political satire, 9 Aug. 2012
In many ways Stiff is more of a political satire, than crime novel. Yes, the story charts Whelan's attempt to uncover the reason for the worker's death, but this adventure is used as a foil to expose and point fun at the machinations of political wheeler-dealing at the grassroots level. Mahoney is particularly good at detailing the life of an electorate officer - the slippage from ideologue to party hack, the flotsam of constituents, and the tedium of organising local party meetings. In Whelan he has created an interesting character; someone who is world weary, reflexive, crafty, and who has his own unrealised, political ambitions. The other characters are also well drawn and the dialogue realistic. The story itself though is a little contrived and the ending is telegraphed a little too early. All in all, Stiff is an enjoyable read, with enough snide humour and interesting insights into the political and social landscape of Australia in the late 1980s to keep the reader hooked to the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific sequal, 4 Mar. 1999
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Being the political minder for Charlene Wills, Australian Minister for Industry, is the only job that Murray Whelan wants. His personal life consists of raising his son by himself while his spouse Wendy goes all over the place turning into a big shot and lusting after waitress Ayisha Celik.

So when Agnelli informs him that he must investigate the frozen corpse of an ethnic Turk named Batraktar found in a freezer, he thinks his compatriot is acting crazy. Still, if the opposition has a plan to stir up the unions over this death as Agnelli claims, Murray figures he better be prepared. Reluctantly, Murray begins to look into the death of the STIFF, starting at the locale of the accident. When he started his inquiries, Murray never intended to be a target, but soon he finds himself in danger as his world turns upside down.

Anyone who enjoys an off the wall, jocular amateur sleuth tale should try the works of Shane Maloney. As in his previous Murray Whelan novel, BRUSH-OFF, the story line is weird and rips into any and everything involving modern urban Australia. Murray retains the freshness of a street punk attitude buried inside a political hack and the secondary players add local flavoring to the fast-paced lunacy. Fans of outrageous who-done-its will not believe they were STIFFed after reading this satirical look at politics and amateur sleuths.

Harriet Klausner
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 11 Oct. 2011
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I was disappointed in this book. I sort of expected it to be on a par with the quick wit and fast moving story lines of Carl Hiaasen who gets name checked on the back cover of the book.

However I was disappointed. The story is slow paced - the author trying to pack too much into the story much to the detriment of the main plot line, which is easily guessed and you wonder how Murray Whelan, the central character of the book hadn't sussed it out a lot earlier.

I may try another in the series but it isn't high on my reading list.
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