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Dispatch: 23 January 2017
Salt and Blood/Corris, Peter/Paper/1863253742/S014-G
I reached gingerly to the back of my head and felt the blood in my hair and the tenderness underneath it. How do they check if a footballer's concussed? Ask him if he knows what day it is. I thought I did. I was pretty sure.
An old flame, Glen Withers, has come back into Cliff Hardy's life - but this time it's strictly business.
Former policewoman Glen is now a PI too, and with a much classier clientele than Cliff's - she's been told "money's no object" by her latest, a wealthy family from Sydney's eastern suburbs. Together, Cliff and Glen take on the case of Rodney St John Harkness, recent inmate of a mental institution and a recovering alcoholic with a murky, possibly murderous, history. But Glen is also a recovering alcoholic - and the combination proves disastrous.
When Rod and Glen vanish, Hardy finds himself in a race against time to untangle Harkness' tortured past and find the pair. The trail leads up to the central coast and some of Sydney's bust-known beaches. Will Cliff be in time, or will the "salty tang of blood" fill the air?