A crime novel about a rookie radio reporter, a frustrated hitman, a dead media tycoon and two dreadful detectives. Set in 1980s Sydney, on the day that Charles and Di are getting married.. More
Daryl Dee is a rookie reporter who joins Fever FM, a music radio station in Sydney, Australia in 1981. He is a country boy, but has been to university. He is far from a sophisticated city worker and enjoys playing the pump organ when he can find one.
Dee is hired by the station’s American owner, the bombastic Freddie Funker who says “th” instead of “f”. On the first morning Dee is ignored in the newsroom. He later attends the station’s ratings where he gets drunk, then goes to the beach with Terri, the deputy music director, Max, the top reporter, and Brett, the engineer.
Daryl, after getting friendly with Terri in the backseat of the car, rides a surfboard, then falls off, literally on to an exremely fat man from a boat who has apparently committed suicide.
They identify the body as Government communications minister John Rudge who had attended the party the night before. Brett and Terri flee the beach. A shot is fired from a house near the beach. It kills a dog which has come to investigate. Max insists they take the body back to his place, so he can have an exclusive story. He files a story back to the newsroom telling Sydney about the discovery of a dead body on the beach.
Greg Day, or G. Day, a very annoyed hitman arrives. He helps them to take the body back to Max’s place. Greg wants to be part of news and shows how infatuated he is with Fever FM and everyone who works there.
An Avon lady Bel arrives. She is excited about the Royal Wedding with Charles and Diana which is due to take place that evening. She is less excited about the sight of a dead body on the living room floor. Greg asks Max to find him a saw from the garden shed. He cuts off Rudge’s right arm with little ceremony.
Detective Inspector Blue, an image conscious detective with an eye for the television camera, arrives at Fever FM to talk to Freddie Funker, about the apparent disappearance of two of his staff, and Rudge, a “business associate”.
Max, Daryl, Bel and Greg deliver Rudge’s severed arm anonymously to a press conference held by Detective Blue.
Greg and his captives go to the Sydney Heads in the news car where they broadcast to the city. Bel is shot after winding up Greg. Her body is stored in the boot along with another of Rudge’s body parts.
Meanwhile Detective Blue and Sergeant Green, not the brightest detectives in the world, return to the station to discuss leads with colleagues. They come up with nothing.
Can the two detectives bumble their way towards the killer before Daryl has to take control?