Peter Menadue

Biography

Peter Menadue grew up in Canberra, Australia. After a foray into journalism, during which he shared an elevator with Rupert Murdoch, he studied law at Sydney University and Oxford University. For the last 22 years, he has worked as a barrister at the Sydney Bar. He also writes courtroom novels under the pen name "Mark Dryden"

Books

Bad State
Price: Free! Words: 52,800. Language: Australian English. Published: May 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Vol 5 in the Bush Capital Series. Canberra political journalist Paul Ryder is unemployed again and forced to ghostwrite for sports stars. When a car bomb kills a Federal Senator, he jumps back into the game and chases glory. But will his by-line end up on a scoop or a tombstone? An Australian political thriller laced with laconic humour.
Hard Landing
Price: Free! Words: 55,040. Language: Australian English. Published: April 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Second book in the Gary Maddox Series: Sydney private investigator Gary Maddox is asked to find a missing accountant. He doesn't expect any trouble. After all, the guy is just an bean counter. But he's dead wrong. Powerful men have dispatched a posse of thugs to kill the ledger looker. Gary is soon counting bodies and trying not to become a ugly statistic.
Webster City
Price: Free! Words: 53,840. Language: American English. Published: December 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Three hundred years after a global pandemic, Webster City, near the ruins of Chicago, is the last city on Earth. Outside enemies threaten to destroy it. However, when Major Carl Davidson investigates the suspicious death of a brilliant biochemist, he discovers its real enemies are within and a dark plot is afoot to wipe out the last of mankind. A post-apocalyptic thriller.
Overdue Item
Price: Free! Words: 56,480. Language: Australian English. Published: April 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Julia Schmidt reckons the suburban library where she works is the most boring place on earth. When a hobo dies in an armchair, everyone thinks he died of natural causes. They are wrong and Julia is soon playing cat-and-mouse with a killer while trying to recover a priceless library book. An Australian comic crime novel with an endearing amateur sleuth.
Inside Out
Price: Free! Words: 45,720. Language: Australian English. Published: March 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Ex-bouncer Dave Bennett is released from prison, determined to go reasonably straight. A drug boss forces him to search for his run-away daughter. Bullets start flying and Dave discovers that life outside is a lot more dangerous than it was inside. A comic Australian crime novel with big twists.
Not Dead Yet
Price: Free! Words: 56,720. Language: Australian English. Published: February 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
The first book in the Gary Maddox Series: Sydney private investigator Gary Maddox scratches out a living doing personal injuries surveillance. A mother asks him to find out who killed her drug-dealing son. The son deserved to die. But the mother deserves justice and offers Gary a lot of money. Soon he's battling drug dealers, corrupt cops, hit-men and thugs. He's well armed and not dead yet.
Big Dirt
Price: Free! Words: 67,590. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Vol 4 in Bush Capital Series. With his career in political journalism a smoking ruin, Paul Ryder becomes a ghost-writer. A legendary West Australian mining tycoon hires him to pen his autobiography. All Paul has to do is write a lot of lies and bank a fat cheque. However, he stumbles upon a dark family secret, gets mixed up in murder, is targeted by Chinese spies and has to flee for his life.
Spiked
Price: Free! Words: 65,520. Language: Australian English. Published: March 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Volume 3 in the Bush Capital Series. Canberra political correspondent Paul Ryder is chasing a story that will blow the doors off a federal election campaign. Trained killers, spies, hardened political operators and his mother-in-law desperately try to stop him. However, maybe this time fame and fortune will land in his lap.
Paper Man
Price: Free! Words: 58,190. Language: Australian English. Published: March 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Volume 2 of the Bush Capital Series. A Cabinet Minister is murdered and Parliament House is in uproar. Newshound Paul Ryder investigates and finds himself in a dark world where his press pass won't protect him. Will he get the scoop of a lifetime? Will he bed a sexy TV reporter? Or will his byline end up on a tombstone? A fast-paced comic thriller set in Canberra, Australia.
Crooked House
Price: Free! Words: 64,930. Language: Australian English. Published: March 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.83 from 6 reviews)
Volume 1 in the Bush Capital Series. Canberra political reporter Paul Ryder gets the sack again, this time for sleeping with the wrong woman. He’s forced to become the national political correspondent for a tiny Tasmanian paper with a dwindling circulation. Only a huge story will save his career. Too bad he lives in the world’s most boring city. All seems lost, until murder comes to town...

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