The 26th installment of Arthur Upfield’s classic series featuring the shrewd half-Aborigine detective follows Bony, posing as a station manager on a fishing vacation, in his pursuit of former respected theology student turned unrepentant rapist Marvin Rhudder.
Peter Hosking’s lush delivery brings the idyllic southwestern Australian coast to life, and he shows the ability to nimbly shift tones as Upfield builds to his tension-filled climax as the wizened and cunning Bony, with the help of local Aboriginals, stops at nothing to get his man.
©1988 Arthur Upfield; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing
I loved it. I loved the character of the country and the people. As I didn't know the story the plot twist at the end was good. The work needs to be listened to as true to the location and times and the style of the writer. I did that and loved the my first encounter with an Australian classic.
Rural Western Australia, the character Bony and the story.
He is an excellent narrator. Five star.
I have bought more of this authors work and will watch for Peter Hosking’s narration and buy again.
This story is quite a different angle that Upfield has taken - it is worthy of its title. I never fail to enjoy stories about Bony's special policing.
This is not what I call Arthur Upfield's best writing regarding Insp. Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony) but I still enjoy having this book in my library.
Yes, I love 'Bony.' He uses such wit and intelligence to find his killer. He listens carefully to everyone, is a perfect gentleman and is a very patience detective, knowing that with patience people may become relaxed and say or do things to give him the clue he needs. His aborigine background along side his British heritage is such interesting mix.
I think Peter H. does a great job. Clayton Moore is the Lone Ranger and Peter Hosking will always make me think of Bony.
feeling like an insider in the beautifully haunting Australian wilderness and the realism of the characters.
While it was a detective novel about a serial killer, the focus was not on gore but rather on the complicated psychology of the characters, and the unique ability of the aboriginal detective to unravel the mystery in the context of his intuitive native skills.
I haven't listned to any of Peter Hosking's other performances, but now that I have listened to this, I will certainly be looking out for other books he has narrated !
No, I preferred savoring it and indeed, listened to it several times in several sittings.
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