The Easy Sin

The Easy Sin is a 2002 novel from Australian author Jon Cleary.[1] It was the nineteenth (and penultimate) book featuring Sydney detective Scobie Malone.[2] The plot concerns the murder of a housemaid to a dot com millionaire. Kidnappers thought they have grabbed the millionaire's girlfriend, not realising they've taken the millionaire instead. Matters are complicated by the involvement of the Yakuza.[3][4]

The Easy Sin
First edition
AuthorJon Cleary
SeriesScobie Malone
Publication date
Preceded byYesterday's Shadow 
Followed byDegrees of Connection 


  1. Stuart Coupe, 'Short Cuts', The Sydney Morning Herald 6–7 September 2003, Books Extra p.4
  2. Jeff Popple, 'More Domestic Suspense', The Canberra Times 2 November 2002, Panorama p.16
  3. 'The Easy Sin' at AustCrime
  4. Robin Wallace-Crabbe, 'Let's Twist Again', The Bulletin vol.120 no.6355 17 December-14 January 2002 - 2003 p.143
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