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Dispatch: 23 January 2017
High Noon in Nimbin/Barrett, Rober/Paper/0732287588/S024-F
'He looks kind of happy,' said Les. 'Are you sure he's dead?'
'Am I sure he's dead?' replied Eddie. 'Of course he's dead. If you don't believe me, there's a knife in my bag, stick it in his ribs.'
'No, I'll take your word for it.'
'The only problem now, Les, is what do we do with the body?'
Arranging the hit on Fabio was off tap, and Les knew it. And when you get Sydney's deadliest killer to do the hit, there's always a quid pro quo. So Les is off to Nimbin in NSW to help an old army mate of Eddie Salita's open a bar, the Double L. Ranch. Which suited Les since he had to take his friend Tony Nathan the surf photographer to the waxhead wedding of the year at Blueys Beach, and it was on the way.
The waxhead wedding of the year turned into the ethnic brawl of the decade. However, Les found comfort in the arms of Janet the Gannet from the Forbidden Planet. In Nimbin, Les found himself working as a DJ for a nutter with a nightclub where dancing was prohibited. He also found racial tension, the Russian Spetsnaz and Norwegian backpackers. Add a drug overdose and, before Les knew it, he found himself in a firefight with a bunch of inbreds wanting to kill the bar owner. A fun town Nimbin wasn't. Not even for a quarter of a million dollars' worth of gold.
Robert G. Barrett's latest Les Norton adventure, High Noon in Nimbin, situated at Blueys Beach and Nimbin in NSW, is non-stop action from go to whoa. And proves once again why Robert G. Barrett is, according to The Australian newspaper, the king of popular Australian fiction.