First UK edition
|Series||Scobie Malone series|
William Morrow (US)
|Preceded by||The High Commissioner|
Cleary did not originally intend to use the character again but wanted to write about the construction of the new Sydney Opera House and thought the detective could be a good way to access that.
The novel was adapted into a film as Scobie Malone (1975).
- "Three novels well worth reading". The Canberra Times. 22 August 1970. p. 12. Retrieved 18 October 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
- Jon Cleary Interviewed by Stephen Vagg: Oral History at National Film and Sound Archive