Now and Then, Amen Paperback – 9 January 1992
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0006176410
- ISBN-13 : 978-0006176411
- Publisher : Fontana Press (9 January 1992)
- Language: : English
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About the Author
Jon Cleary has been writing for sixty years. His novels have received world-wide acclaim and sold over 8 million copies. The author of fifty novels, including the famous SUNDOWNERS, his most recent stories have featured likeable family man Detective Scobie Malone. In 1995 he was awarded the Inaugural Ned Kelly Award for his lifetime contribution to crime fiction in Australia.
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Because this book had relatively good reviews (of the few that do for OOP books) and the plot appeared interesting, I purchased this book to read. I usually do not buy series in order because often they are better as the series progresses. I was a little concerned about the plot to this book, especially if it showed a decidedly pro-religious bias; however, he has mainlined the religion in that most of the characters are religious, like most people I know, but not fundamentalist or extremist (except the Archbishop).
Cleary is wonderfully irreverent and very humorous in appropriate areas. The characters are very interesting and I really like Cleary's approach to the development of his characters, namely going back in time to explain the background of major characters, usually in good context with the plot.
Anyway, this was the first of the Scobie Malone books I read and will be reading more in the future.
The historical flash-backs provide some fascinating reading and I found the plot well structured even if the characters were a bit one-dimensional. Cleary owes a lot to Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett - and that's not a bad thing if you are addicted to the Golden Age of Detecetive Fiction as I am.
Scobie Malone is a likeable hero but perhaps not quite so much as Peter Corris's Frank Hardy who has just a bit more grit and sex appeal.