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Michael Duffy Michael Duffy i(A15010 works by)
Born: Established: 1957 Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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1 3 y separately published work icon Drive By Michael Duffy , Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 2013 6124036 2013 single work novel crime thriller

'John Habib is the mechanic son of a Muslim Lebanese-Australian crime family in Sydney's Western suburbs. His oldest brother is in a maximum security prison, his middle brother is becoming increasingly fundamentalist, and his younger brother Rafi is on trial for a murder he swears he didn't commit. John has no reason to disbelieve Rafi but there are things going on in the family that he just doesn't understand. Why has his brother taken control of the family away from their father? Are the police really trying to set up Rafi? And what is the compelling evidence they say will put him away? John sets out to prove Rafi's innocence in the face of his predatory older brothers and some Lebanese-hating cops.

'Bec Ralston is a good detective who doesn't know why she's been ordered to attend Rafi's trial. She was previously thrown off the investigation for voicing the opinion that Rafi might be innocent. As the court case goes badly wrong, she finds herself torn between her loyalty to the senior police she respects and the truth.

'Not since Peter Temple's The Broken Shore and Truth has the world of criminals and police been so uncompromisingly and authentically drawn. This brilliant, fast-paced novel will seize you from its first page and not let you go till long after its explosive, mind-twisting conclusion.' (Publisher's blurb)

1 At Home With...Christopher Koch Michael Duffy , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 30 September 2012; (p. 91)
1 Everyone's a Critic...Michael Duffy Reviews Underbelly : Badness Michael Duffy , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27 August 2012; (p. 2)

— Review of Underbelly : Badness Peter Gawler , Felicity Packard , Jeff Truman , Niki Aken , 2012 series - publisher film/TV
1 At Home With...Les Murray Michael Duffy , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 22 April 2012; (p. 95)
1 Michael Duffy : The Books That Changed Me Michael Duffy , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 17 April 2011; (p. 4-5)
Michael Duffy nominates five books that changed him. His list includes Les Murray's Collected Poems.
1 5 y separately published work icon The Simple Death Michael Duffy , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2011 Z1756973 2011 single work novel crime

'A man has come off the Manly Ferry and Detective Nicholas Troy investigates but he is distracted. His mentor Father Luke Corelli has been accused of abusing a young boy years before. To Troy's dismay he's not denying the charge and nor is the Catholic Church trying to defend his name. Troy's ambitious and attractive colleague Susan Conti is newly single and his eccentric boss, Jon McIver, would rather be singing the blues than following leads.

'In another part of Sydney, successful bureaucrat Leila Scott's mother has bone cancer. She asks for help to die and Leila seeks the advice of a voluntary euthanasia group. She finds herself caught up in a police investigation when Troy comes across members of the group and begins to suspect voluntary euthanasia is being used as an excuse for something much darker. As Troy digs deeper into both cases, feeling instinctively that they are somehow connected, he realises that morality and the law might not always follow the same path. And that there is no such thing as a simple death.' (From the publisher's website.)

1 Historian Shot Down Colonial Myths Michael Duffy , 2010 single work obituary (for Edgar F. Penzig )
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2 December 2010; (p. 24) The Canberra Times , 3 December 2010; (p. 14)
1 Dangerous Days in the Cross Michael Duffy , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7 April 2010; (p. 9)
1 y separately published work icon Nicholas Troy Michael Duffy , 2009 Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009- Z1756970 2009 series - author novel crime
1 Why Everyone Loves the Rebel Michael Duffy , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 September 2009; (p. 33)
1 4 y separately published work icon The Tower Michael Duffy , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1594815 2009 single work novel crime

'Young detective Nicholas Troy is basically a good man, for whom working in homicide is the highest form of police work. But when a woman falls from the construction site for the world's tallest skyscraper, the tortured course of the murder investigation that follows threatens his vocation.

Hampered by politicised managers and incompetent colleagues, Troy fights his way through worlds of wealth and poverty, people-smuggling and prostitution. He has always seen Sydney as a city of sharks, a place where predators lurk beneath the glittering surface. Now he uncovers networks of crime and corruption that pollute the city, reaching into the police force itself.

Finally, the shadowy predator Troy has been chasing turns and comes for him, putting his family at risk. Forced to defend himself with actions he would never have considered before, Troy confronts a moral abyss. He realises it's a long way down.' (from the publisher's website)

1 Criminal Neglect: Abe's Other Sin Michael Duffy , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 August 2008; (p. 29)

— Review of Gentle Satan : My Father, Abe Saffron Alan Saffron , 2008 single work biography
1 A Hunger for Anything Except More of the Same Michael Duffy , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2-3 August 2008; (p. 28-29)

— Review of The After Life : A Memoir Kathleen Stewart , 2008 single work autobiography
1 Art of Significance Is Doing Something That Matters Michael Duffy , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 May 2008; (p. 37)
Michael Duffy ponders the 'disappearance of significant Australian artists, in any art form', during his lifetime. He suggests a range of reasons for his perception, including 'the dead hand of subsidy', that reality that 'some older art forms are simply dying' and the possibility that 'the creative impulse today has more outlets outside the arts than once existed'.
1 Death in the Afternoon, Morning and Night Michael Duffy , 2007 single work essay
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29-30 September 2007; (p. 28-29)
'Crime fiction satisfies a deep craving that the modern literary novel cannot appease.' (Editor's abstract)
1 Doing a Deal with a Sinner Michael Duffy , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 March 2007; (p. 18-19)
1 Judas Goes to Rehab Michael Duffy , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 17 March 2007; (p. 16-17)
1 The Stories Behind the Tales Michael Duffy , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15-16 July 2006; (p. 36)

— Review of Paper Empires : A History of the Book in Australia 1946-2005 2006 anthology criticism
1 'Happy Child Thy Days Are Ended' Michael Duffy , 2006 single work essay
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10-11 June 2006; (p. 32-33)
Using the inscriptions on gravestones, Duffy examines the ways in which the living come to terms with death.
1 A Farewell to Publishing Michael Duffy , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15-16 October 2005; (p. 17-18)
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