Now and Then, Amen

Now and Then, Amen is a 1988 novel from Australian author Jon Cleary. It was the fifth book featuring Sydney homicide detective Scobie Malone.[1][2] There were plans to adapt the book into a mini-series, but this ended up not happening.[3]

Now and Then, Amen
First UK edition
AuthorJon Cleary
SeriesScobie Malone
PublisherCollins (UK)
William Morrow (US)
Publication date
Preceded byDragons at the Party 
Followed byBabylon South 


Malone investigates the death of a nun found outside a brothel. She turns out to be the granddaughter of a rich Australian businessman who is determined to see his son become Australia's first Pope.[4][5] The story explores Sydney in the wake of the 1987 stock market crash.


  1. Greg Flynn, 'Mills and Boon Meets the Colonial Potboiler', The Weekend Australian 19–20 November 1988 (p.9)
  2. Katharine England, 'From Randwick to Rome, Lasting Intrigue', The Advertiser 3 December 1988 (p.12)
  3. 'Foreign Angels For Seven', Sydney Morning Herald, June 12, 1989 Page: 62
  4. Jon Cleary at the Australian Crime Fiction Database
  5. Patricia Rolfe, 'Veterans' Class', The Bulletin vol.110 no.5645 22 November. 1988 (p.134)
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