The police never notice the small detail in the background of a police photograph of an abandoned car. A detail that tells Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte plainly that the mysterious disappearance of Luke Marks near Windee Station is anything but accidental.
Why had Luke Marks driven specially out to Windee? Had he been murdered or had he, as the local police believed, wandered away from his car and been overwhelmed in a dust-storm? Bony feels the answers lie somewhere in the sands of Windee.
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Love my Boney novels. Read them all as a child and reread them every few years. This is the first audio novel on the series that I've listened to and I enjoyed it no end. Peter Hosking did a good job at separating the characters and made the listen enjoyable. I've noticed that some people comment on how un-PC the novels are - but I think of the time they were written, the world has never been a perfect place, and books written before our time have to be accepted as such with none of our judgements placed upon them.
"Boney is more than a simple half caste bush bum."
The depiction of Australia in the 30's has a solid real feel. The reader provides a genuine Australian feel in a completely understandable pronunciation. The characters, action and situations easily provide you in a warm authintic feeling mystery.
Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte. While Boney was obviously full of himself he never took that to seriously.
No unfortunately I haven't but see it as an obvious plus and an asset to any book.
Definitely out of the ordinary. When everything runs together or seems similar in the mystery genre these and McGinnis's books are a treat.
"Again, a masterpiece"
Another beautifully written and masterfully narrated novel of a time long ago when men were good and wanted to be good and how they stayed good when other men were bad.
"I love this series!"
Great story with sympathetic characters. Peter Hosking is terrific. Bony always finds a way to solve the crime but leave people's dignity intact.
"Should be on the list of great detective stories"
Upfield has created a memorable detective in Bony. This particular story ranks up there with the greats, especially since Bony applies Sherlockian logic but with a twist. Australian outback seems exotic and unknowable. Some of the cultural references are disturbing to the modern reader and should be. But if you can look past this and just enjoy the story, you will be entertained. Excellent narration.
"Boney's only failure!"
i picked this one because it was referred to in another of the books as his only failure. It turned out to be one of the most interest in g I'Ve listened to so far!
Excellent early part of the Boney series. Wonderfully evocative of the age, and if you can delay looking things up until AFTER you've heard the book, a fascinating real-life parallel in Australian crime.
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