Murder Song

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Murder Song
Author Jon Cleary
Country Australia
Language English
Series Scobie Malone
Genre Detective
Publication date
Preceded by Babylon South
Followed by Pride's Harvest

Murder Song is a 1990 novel from Australian author Jon Cleary. It was the seventh book featuring Sydney homicide detective Scobie Malone.[1][2] Cleary originally wanted to title the book Six Green Bottles but was talked out of it by his publisher.[3]


A young woman is killed by a sniper in a Sydney apartment building. Malone discovers the building was owned by a businessman with links to organised crime - who was a cadet with Malone years ago at the police academy. Soon another former classmate of theirs is also killed.[4][5][6][7]


  1. ^ Philip Kahllemms, Crime Review, The Sunday Herald (Sunday Review) 11 November 1990 p.40
  2. ^ 'Murder Mystery review (1990)', Australian Bookseller & Publisher vol.70 no.1009 October 1990 (p.34)
  3. ^ Tony Stephens, 'Steinbeck? Don't Make Me Laugh', Sydney Morning Herald, 4 November 1989 p 86
  4. ^ Murder Song at Austcrime
  5. ^ Katherine England, 'New Twists and Turns for Formula One Hero', The Advertiser Magazine 10 November 1990 (p.15)
  6. ^ Len Ward, 'Snipings and Scandals in Sizzling Sydney' The Canberra Times 6 October 1990 (B9)
  7. ^ Ray Davie, review, The Age 27 February 1991, Tempo (p.2)

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