A new collection of writing by the late crime writer Peter Corris highlights the hard-boiled genius of his lasting character Cliff Hardy

By Mark Thomas
August 17 2019 - 12:00am
Peter Corris, 1982. Picture: Lorrie Graham
Peter Corris, 1982. Picture: Lorrie Graham

Logically enough, books published from beyond the grave rarely have much life in them. They can be hypocritical (like a volume of tribute essays), opportunist (a hitherto unpublishable manuscript) or unconvincing (a story completed by someone else)). Happily, Jean Bedford's selection of Peter Corris' short stories, columns and dictionary-style advice for crime writers falls into none of those traps. See You at the Toxteth (Allen and Unwin. 323pp. $32.99) is a gracious, generous remembrance of one of Australia's most popular authors.

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