From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 04 Aug 2004

I, on the other hand, love this series, although the first book, in which our protagonist's roof is caving in, is my favorite. Figuring out Australian politics, with all the unexpected ethnicities involved, keeps me alert, and the books are very funny.


miker wrote:

> Just finished another Australian novel, Shane
> Maloney's BRUSH-OFF. The plot involves a political
> advisor to a newly appointed arts minister, and the
> uncovering of an art fraud conspiracy. Maloney write
> with a cynical journalist's witty irreverence that is
> about as common as cow pies in a field. In the first
> part of the book his exposition of the Australian
> political situation is closely tied to the plot, but
> towards the end he seems to lose focus and allows his
> observations to diverge into the extraneous. His
> tempo founders too, notably in one scene concerning
> the repair of a damaged picture that goes on for over
> 20 pages.
> I think there is much to like about Maloney, but
> political intrigue doesn't excite me and I couldn't
> dredge up a lot of enthusiasm for his wit, the plot,
> or the characters.

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