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Bony and the Black Virgin [Hardcover]

Arthur Upfield

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Book Description

Jan. 1 2006
Detective-Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte is called to the drought-stricken outback for this, his latest case. At a desolate sheep station two men have been savagely beaten to death and it's Bony's job to make an arrest. This isn't an easy case, since clues are scarce in this sun-baked, sand-blown country, but Bony's understanding of the bush and the people who live there - both black and white - leads him inexorably to the killer...
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 155 pages
  • Publisher: American Reprints Company (Jan. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891905537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891905530
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 16.1 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,148,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Upfield June 30 2012
By Cloggie Downunder - Published on
Bony and the Black Virgin, also published under the title, The Torn Branch, is the 24th novel in the Bony series by Arthur Upfield. In this instalment, Bony travels to drought-stricken outback NSW to investigate the murder of two men. By the time he arrives, some six months have passed since the discovery of the bodies, so it takes the talents of a detective like Bony to uncover clues in this sun-baked, sand-blown country. There are plenty of puzzling clues for the reader, with a surprising ending: in this case, even Bony got the killer and the motive wrong. Upfield also shares his extensive knowledge of the country and the effects of a long-lasting drought, and the eventual breaking of it, on the landscape, the fauna and the people. Bony makes plenty of "alleged cigarettes", educates the reader on the properties of gibber deserts, and goes duck shooting. Using Bony as a mouthpiece, Upfield offers opinions on the way the intelligence and sophistication of the blacks is underestimated and how they are educated but offered no employment to make use of that intelligence and education. Classic Upfield.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read from a wonderful Series Nov. 18 2013
By Dixie - Published on
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Just recently started reading Upfield's "Bony" series. Good solid stories set in the wilds of Austrailia in the '20 through the 1950s. Those not familar with the Aussie English may be put off at first--especially since these books were written in a time of some older downunder terms here and there. If the reader finds a need to determine a term, phrase, or word used in these books there are several good web sites that will give help in dictionary style. Just search "Australian Speak".
5.0 out of 5 stars Also called The Torn Branch Jan. 31 2013
By Verbal Drug - Published on
Upfield is one of a kind. He can sometimes seem an awkward stylist and storyteller. But the outback world he creates is captivating. I've read all the Bony books. To my taste, this title is one of the better ones.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these books! Jan. 16 2013
By Jojakayzay - Published on
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I love the Bony books by Arthur Upfield. I was thrilled to find them as audiobooks, unabridged. I will order more!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Ebony and the Black Virgin Sept. 28 2014
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This is a well written book. I don't care for Romeo and Juliet endings. The book interested me till the end. the author, I think, was sort of trapped into his ending.

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