‘Jacks and Jokers’ by Matthew Condon

Jacks and JokersJacks and Jokers by Matthew Condon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Having read ‘Three Crooked Kings’, the first in this series of three about systemic corruption in the Queensland Police Service, I was looking forward to book two, ‘Jacks and Jokers’. While the research is undoubtedly as comprehensive and methodical as in the first instalment, I found the sheer volume of names, events and places so relentless that the story became confusing and difficult to follow. Half-way through I gave up. In a year or two, I may have another try, as this period of our recent history is truly astounding. But for now I’ll settle for something lighter.

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About Debbie Terranova

Debbie Terranova is an Australian author of contemporary and historical fiction. 'The Scarlet Key' published in 2016 is the second Seth VerBeek mystery. The crime-busting reporter is back with a new cast of unforgettable characters and a new puzzle to solve. It's about live, love, death, and tattoos, with a touch of the mystical. 'Baby Farm', her debut novel, is a cozy crime mystery about forced adoptions of the 1970s, and a surrogacy and baby trafficking racket. It is the first of the Seth VerBeek series. Debbie Terranova is a prizewinning author of short stories: 'Mowbray Brothers' about growing up in East Brisbane in the 1920s; and 'Mischief' about reinventing yourself and in the process falling in love ... with an adorable but mischievous cat.
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