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Get Rich Quick
     

Get Rich Quick

by Peter Doyle
 

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Meet Billy Glasheen, a fresh voice in crime fiction. It’s Sydney, the 1950s, and Billy’s trying to make a living, any way he can. Luckily, he’s a likeable guy, with a gift for masterminding elaborate scenarios—whether it’s a gambling scam, transporting a fortune in stolen jewels, or keeping the wheels greased during a hair-raising tour

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Meet Billy Glasheen, a fresh voice in crime fiction. It’s Sydney, the 1950s, and Billy’s trying to make a living, any way he can. Luckily, he’s a likeable guy, with a gift for masterminding elaborate scenarios—whether it’s a gambling scam, transporting a fortune in stolen jewels, or keeping the wheels greased during a hair-raising tour by Little Richard and his rock ‘n’ roll entourage.

But trouble follows close behind—because Billy’s schemes always seem to interfere with the plans of Sydney’s big players, an unholy trinity of crooks, bent cops, and politicians on the make. Suddenly he’s in the frame for murder, and on the run from the police, who’ll happily send him down for it. Billy’s no sleuth, but there’s nowhere to turn for help. To prove it wasn’t him, he’ll have to find the real killer.

Set in Sydney in the period following World War II, Doyle’s novels—featuring the irresistible Billy Glasheen—brilliantly explore the criminal underworld, high-level political corruption, and the postwar explosion of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll.

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Library Journal
Set in 1950s Sydney and making its U.S. debut, this 1997 co-winner of Australia's Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel opens promisingly enough with the discovery of a dead body, looking not unlike William Holden, floating in a pool. Billy Glasheen, Sydney bad boy, is the likely suspect and has to use all his dexterity-when he isn't enjoying a glass of whiskey or a hit of Benzedrine-to elude the authorities and mobsters. About a fourth of the way through, the plot veers off to follow Billy's career as a band road manager. Music buffs might enjoy the account of the 1950s Australian music scene with tours by such notables as Little Richard, but despite this convincing period detail, mystery fans will have bailed by then. The Aussies have a word for it, and thanks to the glossary, we know what it is: bodgie, meaning substandard. Not recommended. Doyle lives in Australia. [Criminy! Books is Verse Chorus Press's new mystery imprint and will publish Doyle's other titles in this series.-Ed.]-Bob Lunn, Kansas P.L., MO Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891241246
Publisher:
Verse Chorus Press
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Peter Doyle was born in Maroubra, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. He worked as a taxi driver, musician, and teacher before writing his first book, Get Rich Quick, which won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel in 1997. He has since published two further books featuring protagonist Billy Glasheen: The Devil’s Jump (also available from Dark Passage) and Amaze Your Friends (forthcoming from Dark Passage). He also wrote the acclaimed City of Shadows: Sydney Police Photographs 1912–1948 and Crooks Like Us. In 2010 he received the Ned Kelly Award for Life time Achievement. He teaches writing at Macquarie University in Sydney.

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