Bleak Spring

Bleak Spring is a 1993 novel from Australian author Jon Cleary.[1] It was the tenth book featuring Sydney detective Scobie Malone.

Bleak Spring
First UK edition
AuthorJon Cleary
SeriesScobie Malone
PublisherHarperCollins (UK)
William Morrow (US)
Publication date
Preceded byDark Summer 
Followed byAutumn Maze 

Story outline

The story centers on the murder of a solicitor who Scobie knew, and whose son happens to be dating Scobie's daughter, Claire. It turns out the lawyer had links to a bookmaker, an offshore bank and a dangerous Russian.[2] Like many Cleary novels it featured sport, in this case rugby league.

One reviewer stated that "Cleary writes a solidly entertaining novel, concentrating on the details of routine police investigation and the matey, macho, laconic world of the police team. While the finale may inspire accusations of prejudice, it is a suitably suspenseful climax to a workmanlike slab of adventure fiction."[3]


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