Bleak Spring

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Bleak Spring
Author Jon Cleary
Country Australia
Language English
Series Scobie Malone
Genre Detective
Publisher Harper Collins
Publication date
Preceded by Dark Summer
Followed by Autumn Maze

Bleak Spring is a 1993 novel from Australian author Jon Cleary. It was the tenth book featuring Sydney detective Scobie Malone and centers on the murder of a solicitor who Scobie knew, and whose son happens to be dating Scobie's daughter, Claire. It turns out the lawyer had links to a bookmaker, an offshore bank and a dangerous Russian.[1] Like many Cleary novels it featured sport, in this case rugby league.

One reviewer stated that "Cleary writes a solidly entertaining novel, concentrating on the details of routine police investigation and the matey, macho, laconic world of the police team. While the finale may inspire accusations of prejudice, it is a suitably suspenseful climax to a workmanlike slab of adventure fiction."[2]


  1. ^ Bleak Spring at Austcrime
  2. ^ 'Top Shelf', Sunday Age, 31 October 1993 p9

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