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What really happened …

The Bookmaker from Rabaul.

Had enough piecemeal speculation, baseless hypothotheses, guesswork?

Are you anxious to know what side recruited Jessica and what they asked her to do? Are you intrigued by the part played by Alf Boxall and who recruited him?

The two Rubaiyats. What was the connection and what really happened at the Clifton Gardens?

The Rubaiyat code: what did it represent?

How did Boxall’s sketching skills come into play, and what was the reason for Jessica’s flight to Melbourne? Curious, are you?

The man seen looking down on the body on Somerton Beach, what part did he play in MURDER most foul?

Why did someone have to die?

Where did the poison come from? Who administered it, and how?

Mr Francis. Was he real?

The Tamam Shud slip: who placed it in the dead man’s fob? Why?

Why were there two tickets in the dead man’s pocket? Were they planted, or evidence of skilled tradecraft?

Why was he in Adelaide? Where did he come from?

Was he a seaman?

The Musgraves: their part in the scheme of things, ever wondered?

Major Bill Stanner, Mordecai the blacktracker, Roger Hollis and Ben Chifley – J Edgar Hoover. How were they linked to the suspicious death of a man found on Somerton Beach?

The creation of ASIO, the communists in Bert Evatt’s foreign office, the decline and purging of the Commonwealth Investigation Service.


Fedor Nosov, the Tass corespondent. Who compromised him with salacious photographs taken in his Potts Point apartment, the MI5 or the FBI?

What did Nosov tell them when confronted, and did it hurt?

The pasty found in the dead man’s stomach, where did that come from? Did he eat it cold or hot?

The grazes between his knuckles? Sorted.

We have all the answers, ebook or soft cover.

What happened in Ambon at the time Boxall was on the Crusader?

Who was T Keane?

ALL the answers.

“For memory, we use our imagination. We take a few strands of real time and carry them with us, then like an oyster, we create a pearl around them.”

John Banville.


8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Good to see you back!

    August 15, 2017
    • Can’t leave Scribus to peddle his nonsense without challenge.

      August 15, 2017
  2. ellen #

    Do you Aussies have the right to bear arms? I always picture film noire with at least one gun. Without guns, a hypodermic needle is a pretty good sneaky means of murder. So is it the nurse on the beach stairs with a hypodermic needle?

    PS Glad your back!

    August 16, 2017
  3. We are better at holding grudges, these we settle with boomerangs, a selective piece of weaponry that returns to the owner after dealing with the enemy.
    Thanks, Ellen, I can’t leave GC out there on his Pat.

    August 16, 2017
  4. I’m overwhelmed 🙂

    August 16, 2017
  5. That would be a first.

    August 16, 2017
  6. Clive #

    I can’t imagine Gordon ever being overwhelmed, Glad to see you back, Pete

    August 16, 2017
  7. Good to see you back. : )

    August 16, 2017

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