The Brush-Off

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The Brush-Off
Author Shane Maloney
Country Australia
Language English
Series Murray Whelan
Genre Crime, Comedy, Political novel
Publisher Text Publishing
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 314 pp
ISBN 1-875847-14-6
OCLC 35630734
Preceded by Stiff
Followed by Nice Try

The Brush-Off is a 1996 Australian, Ned Kelly Awards-winning crime thriller, written by Shane Maloney. It is the second novel in a series of crime thrillers following the character of Murray Whelan, as he investigates crimes in the Melbourne area in the course of trying to keep his job with the Australian Labor Party.


In 2004, The Brush-Off was adapted into a television movie by Huntaway Films and the Seven Network as part of The Murray Whelan Series. The screenplay was written by John Clarke and directed by Sam Neill. David Wenham was cast as Murray Whelan (reprising his role from the previous film Stiff), with a supporting cast that included Mick Molloy, Deborah Kennedy and Steve Bisley.[1]


  • Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing, Best Australian Crime Novel Award, 1997: winner


This novel has been translated into German (2000), Japanese (2002) and French (2004).


External links[edit]

  • The Brush-Off Listing for The Brush-Off on Shane Maloney's official website.