'The godfather of Australian crime fiction.'
Politician Peter January is having trouble staying alive so he hires Cliff Hardy to help him. Hardy dislikes the role of politician's 'security consultant' but he dislikes bombers, hit men and hatemailers even more.
Protecting January leads to protecting his assistant, Trudi Bell, which is a more enjoyable assignment. It also takes Hardy to Washington DC where the threats are real and the rules are different.
To stand close to January is to stand close to danger and corruption, but there are even greater evils and Hardy cannot back away.
'Cliff Hardy is. as Australian as two-up and Fosters.' - The Australian