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  • Summary

  • Please note: This series contains mature themes and listener discretion is advised.

    In 1984, Detective Eric O'Malley investigated the bizarre deaths of a young couple, their bodies found naked by the side of a creek in Sydney's northern suburbs. Shortly before their demise, O'Malley learned, the pair had attended a swingers' party.

    The case was barely open before it was deemed an accident. But O'Malley knew it was murder. He just couldn't prove it.

    Thirty-five years later, O'Malley is found dead in his flat in what looks like a drug overdose. But his son James knows something's amiss. His dad was close to solving that case after all these years. And someone else knew it.

    To track down his father's killer, James must find the men and women who were there on the fateful night when that young couple died. This was the night of 'The Goodbye Party' - and uncovering its secrets will lead James down a dark path, filled with horrific twists and turns.

    Inspired by Sydney's real-life Bogle-Chandler case, playwright Louis Nowra (writer of Australian classics Cosi, Radiance and The Golden Age) creates an enthralling multicast audio drama, featuring an exceptional cast including Ben Oxenbould (Deep Water, Wolf Creek), Steve Bisley (Water Rats, Mad Max), and Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road, Jack Irish).

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can add all12 episodes to your Library now.

    ©2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd (P)2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd
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Episodes
  • Sep 22 2019

    Ex-cop James O’Malley arrives at his father’s house to find him dead and five boxes of police files missing. Was it an overdose or foul play? At Eric’s funeral, ex-security man Paul Rossi tells James that Eric had been obsessed with solving a case from 1984, “The Goodbye Party”.

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    32 mins
  • Sep 22 2019

    In 1984, Bob and Evie Pratt hosted a swingers’ party, during which guests Murray and Alice died, supposedly victims of severe local pollution. But more than one person suspected murder. James and his neighbour Carla investigate the 1984 crime scene and try to understand the scandal that ruined the lives of most people at that party.

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  • Sep 22 2019

    James interviews several interested parties including the man that discovered the bodies and the detective that says they died of sulphide gas. James also realises he’s falling in love with Carla, who helps him scatter his father’s ashes.

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    37 mins

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captivating

loved it.
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well read story.
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love this to b a movie

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having to restart every chapter was a pain.
enjoyed everything else.,the story and performance.

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Outstandingly Good

This is an excellent production. More please. When is the next book due to be released. A new favourite.

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Very good Australian detective tale

Not complicated but well told. Really enjoyed the cast and the production. Recommended for easy listening.

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page turner

The story was really interesting. I just kept listening until the end. Loved the story, intrigue and the characters as read by the people. Highly recommend. Great listening!

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Loved it!

Easy to get into. Entertaining. Characters and portrayal fantastic! Easy listen. Highly recommended to all.

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great performance

awesome performance and loved listening - highly recommend audible version of this book. enjoyed the location detail of Sydney sites interwoven through story.

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Brilliant

Loved it ❤ Couldn't stop listening to it, wish it kept going great story. Wonderful. 👍

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over all quite good

good story and narration but music before and after each chapter was rather annoying

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I am really like this podcast. nice content. fantastic and excellent narration in this content.

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  • 02-11-2020

Great acting, suspenseful

This story sucks you in from the 1st episode and is a very easy to listen to podcast. Loved that it was a full cast as well.

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  • Admiralu
  • 14-12-2020

Twisty Mystery

This was an interesting Aussie murder mystery. A retired cop finds his father dead in his apartment, a needle nearby. He refuses to believe the police assumption that his father was an addict and begins his own investigation into how his died. Taking up a case his father hadn’t solved, he discovers new friends, some enemies and that he knew little about his father’s life. Twists and turns abound with a shocking ending. Well done, not for kids and a great cast and production.

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  • Tammie Hughes
  • 23-12-2020

Highly Recommend

I could not stop listening to this and before I knew it the whole day had gone by. I was completely stunned by the ending.

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  • 22-02-2021

Totally Gripping

Really enjoyed this one. Each chapter flows beautifully into the next. These chapters add brick after brick to the mystery. recording is well done, sound effects and music color the storey. Very nice acting as well. Voices are varied and cast well.

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  • JM
  • 08-02-2022

Episodes are missing

This podcast is excellent, but episodes 4,8, and 9 are missing, so there is no way to really follow the complete story, which is a huge disappointment because I have been really enjoying it. Audible, please fix this so we don’t miss out!

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  • MG
  • 28-11-2020

Excellent crime story

Enthralling story with complex characters, a strong cast, and excellent production. Five stars all around. Give it a listen!

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