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Stiff: A Murray Whelan Mystery
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Don't you just hate it when someone tries to kill you and you don't know why? Single father Murray Whelan thinks the life of a parent and political operative is complicated enough. His ex is staking out the moral high ground for a custody battle, and rumors of an early election are starting to fly in the upper echelons of Australia's Labor party. When a Turk is found snap-frozen in a local meat plant, Murray cops the job to head off possible fallout for his boss, Charlene Wills, a member of Parliament and the Minister for Industry. But the meat industry smells decidedly fishy when Murray starts asking too many questions. Suddenly things are spinning fatally out of control as he finds himself the object of an elaborate intimidation plot: drugs planted under the bed, fascist funeral rites, a killer car, and bloodsucking parasites. That's when red-hot Ayisha, the Turkish Welfare League's answer to activism, knocks on his door. Stiff brings back the wisecracking ace of reluctant detectives in a mystery that is fast, furious, and very, very funny. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction--novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
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About the Author

Shane Maloney, winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction, is also the author of The Brush-Off, Nice Try, and The Big Ask. He is a newspaper columnist in Melbourne.

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"The book has a tail-wagging, wisecracking tone. . . . Stiff shows that local politics can be both entertaining and deadly."--San Francisco Chronicle "Readers who enjoyed the first Whelan novel--especially those who enjoyed Maloney's fresh use of language and his ability to serve up a laugh on pretty much every page--will no doubt enjoy this one."--Booklist The book has a tail-wagging, wisecracking tone. . . . Stiff shows that local politics can be both entertaining and deadly. San Francisco Chronicle Readers who enjoyed the first Whelan novelespecially those who enjoyed Maloney s fresh use of language and his ability to serve up a laugh on pretty much every pagewill no doubt enjoy this one. Booklist"

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