Dark Summer

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Dark Summer
First UK edition
AuthorJon Cleary
SeriesScobie Malone
PublisherHarperCollins (UK)
William Morrow (US)
Publication date
Preceded byPride's Harvest
Followed byBleak Spring

Dark Summer is a 1992 novel from Australian author Jon Cleary. It was the ninth book featuring Sydney homicide detective Scobie Malone, and begins with the discovery of a corpse in Scobie's swimming pool. The dead man was an informer involved in Scobie's recent drug investigation. Scobie puts his family under police protection and tracks down the killer.[1][2][3]

Like many of Cleary's novels it features sport, in this case one day cricket.

In 1997 Peter Yeldham adapted the novel for a proposed telemovie, but this was never made.[4]


  1. ^ Dark Summer at Austcrime
  2. ^ Katherine England, 'Two Reliables Show Their Class with Thrillers', The Advertiser Magazine 19 December 1992 (p.5)
  3. ^ Jane Stephans, 'Guilt Edge review', Australian Book Review no.149 April 1993 (pp.54-55)
  4. ^ Information on Dark Summer adaptation at National Film and Sound Archive

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