Fatherly Love

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
In this fast and witty Australian crime novel, ex-reporter Nat Barker is hired to find the missing daughter of a Sydney industrialist. A dying old millionaire, a brothel owner, a smart cop, a dumb hood, a religious fanatic, a crooked politician, a beautiful jazz singer - they all know something that Barker doesn't. Can he learn their secrets and stay alive?

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Words: 45,210
Language: English
ISBN: 9780980778403
About B. A. Wallace

B. A. Wallace is a writer from Sydney, Australia. He likes to write crime novels about the city he lives in and about the people - good, bad and ugly - that he meets in the streets of the Kings Cross red light district and on the beaches of the eastern suburbs.

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Review by: Vicki Tyley on Jan. 01, 2011 :
“Australia was a big place, and there were ways of losing yourself if you had a mind to.” – Fatherly Love

Construction millionaire Miller Turnbull hires ex- newspaper reporter Nat Barker to find his missing daughter. Turnbull and his daughter had been estranged for ten years, but he’d managed to at least keep track of her. That’s until his wife died.

I thoroughly enjoyed this short hardboiled mystery, reading it in one sitting. Wallace wastes no words, the result being a taut, edgy story that suits the genre so well. Ditto the flawed, tough (on the outside) main character.

I look forward to reading more from B.A. Wallace.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: shastastan on July 30, 2010 :
The main character development was oksy, but the others were a little weak. The plot was okay, but I kept waiting for something exciting to happen--it didn't. I thought the ending was anti-climactic. To be fair, I'm an action-type guy who likes a lot of suspense so this book just didn't do it for me. I did enjoying learning some of our Aussie friends' speech idioms though.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Maria E. Schneider on April 02, 2010 :
Nary a wasted word or wasted moment, this book grabbed me from the first page and drew me in to the very interesting mystery that unfolded. At first I thought Barker, a used-to-be-a-reporter, might be one of those loser investigators who drank too much and ended up with luck and too many hangovers, but the story came through. While Barker threw back more than a beer or two, he had the better qualities of my favorite pulp fiction heroes. He's a stubborn sleuth, intent on earning his pay and solving his case. He may be the cliched loyal tough guy, but he follows his heart when it comes to loyalty.

This is a fast-paced, well-written tale, perfectly formatted and proofed. Well-done. Highly recommended for an entertaining afternoon read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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